Chronicling the Days – Marian Rebeiro

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

We’re thrilled to announce that these stories have been gathered in Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic (Guernica Press). To learn more and buy the book, please visit

Please also join us on the QWF FB Community page, and let the authors know if their words resonated.

This piece is one of our final two pieces, written by Marian Rebeiro in May 2020.

Image: Bruce Springsteen (Getty Images)

The Perils and Parallels of Listening to Bruce Springsteen’s “Human Touch” in the Time of Pandemic

It might sound a bit crazy to some, but I love a commute. A passive commute, mind you, where I can sit down on the bus or metro, and “check out” for a half hour, listen to music, read a book, or people watch. I love people watching. My morning commute gives me a moment to shift gears, and “get in the zone” (whatever “zone” I need to be in that day) after rushing to get myself ready and out of the house. It’s a moment of stillness, even though I’m still technically moving as I get from point A to point B, and I love it. It’s mine.

Not so during a pandemic lockdown.

To read the rest of the story, please support our community and check out Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic.

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