When they required a mask, I did not stand up.
I chose to wear a mask.
When they took children from parents who chose not to mask, I did not stand up.
I let families be split up.
When they lied about cases and fatalities, I did not stand up.
Because they said it was “novel.”
When they forced isolation, calling it social distancing, I did not stand up.
I let people suffer without human contact.
When they closed stores, I did not stand up.
I chose to let small businesses die.
When they locked the elderly away, I did not stand up.
I let the elderly die of loneliness, alone, and feeling unloved.
When they demanded children stay home and alone, I did not stand up.
I let children kill themselves in despair.
When they refused to allow holiday gatherings, I did not stand up.
I stayed away from my family and let them remain isolated.
When they offered to let me out of house arrest, I did not stand up.
I took the tests so I could join the “new normal.”
When they came to force the vaccination. I realized it was too late.
I had already given my permission and given up all rights.