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Dear One Absent This Long While- Lisa Olstein- The Perfect Quarantine Poem!

quarantine love poem by lisa olstein

The pandemic has sure got the world on a standstill. Our lives aren’t ours anymore, and we have no one to blame! With the spread of the COVID pandemic, we had to resort to severe measures such as isolation and quarantine. While it is an unfortunate scenario, lovers around the world cannot stop brooding about how they cannot see one another. There was no way of knowing that this coronavirus would lock us inside our homes. And now, there is no other way but to wait before we see our special someone.

Dear One Absent This Long While written by Lisa Olstein, express the woes of lovers around the world who cannot see each other.

The health workers and several others are working for the betterment of the people. So many have sacrificed their commitments to fight against the pandemic. Our sympathies are with everyone. But then, those in quarantine and isolation need to keep themselves entertained. Looking at the news already causes a lot of anxiety, then the stress of not being able to meet others is like fuming fire in every corner of the heart.


“Dear One Absent This Long While,” written by Lisa Olstein in the year 2006, has the best lines to describe the feelings couples feel during these trying quarantine times.

pandemic poem by lisa olstein



Dear One Absent This Long While

By: Lisa Olstein

It has been so wet stones glaze in moss;
everything blooms coldly.
I expect you. I thought one night it was you
at the base of the drive, you at the foot of the stairs,
you in a shiver of light, but each time
leaves in wind revealed themselves,
the retreating shadow of a fox, daybreak.
We expect you, cat and I, bluebirds and I, the stove.
In May we dreamed of wreaths burning on bonfires
over which young men and women leapt.
June efforts quietly.
I’ve planted vegetables along each garden wall
so even if spring continues to disappoint
we can say at least the lettuce loved the rain.
I have new gloves and a new hoe.
I practice eulogies. He was a hawk
with white feathered legs. She had the quiet ribs
of a salamander crossing the old pony post road.
Yours is the name the leaves chatter
at the edge of the unrabbited woods.

Read More: 5 Touching Stories of HOPE and LOVE amid the Coronavirus Outbreak


All you expect is to see your partner, but you cannot. These dramatic lines have a smiling impact on every lover, who is now in an unwanted long-distance relationship. We hope you can connect with this love poem! If you did, give us a like and send it across to your partner. It is hard getting past each day already; let’s spread some LOVE. No matter the situation, stay healthy, stay home, and stay safe. Enjoy this phase of your lives, and look forward to the things you want to do with your love after the end of this lockdown.

About Lisa Olstein

lisa olstein poem dear one

With several poems in her kitty, Lisa Olstein has become a distinguished and recognized poet in the present. With a degree in Creative Writing, No wonder, she is a faculty member for creative writing at the UT College of Texas at Austin. Library Journal and Little Stranger recognized her poetry collection titled, “Lost Alphabet” (2009) as the Best Poetry Books of the Year.

Charming as she looks, her words are taking people by a storm of feelings and expressions.

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Hemali Adhiya

Hemali Adhiya is the co-founder and author of the e-magazine Love Smitten. Alongside writing and editing for several other websites, she hosts a YouTube Channel- Total Angrezi. Traveling is her way to unwind, and she loves recording these experiences!

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