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Poetry Challenge: How Has The Pandemic Changed You?

Katherine Du

Over 126 million Americans are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. After a long year, it feels like we can all take a breath.

Throughout the pandemic, we've learned a lot. No one is coming out of it unaffected.

Maya Angelou's poem "Still, I Rise" reflects that sentiment.

"Just like the moons and the suns, with the certainty of tides, just like hopes springing high, still I'll rise," she writes.

In a poem of your own, tell us what you learned throughout this pandemic. How did you come out on the other side? Use "Still, I Rise" as your first line.

Share your poem through the form below. NPR's resident poet Kwame Alexander will take lines from some of your pieces and create a community crowdsourced poem. Alexander and NPR's Rachel Martin will read it on air, and NPR will publish it online, where contributors will be credited.

The form closed on Wednesday, May 26.

Here are the terms of the callout:

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