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VOX POPULI: Confined school life in pandemic finds escape in inspiring verse

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In January, I always receive a list of winning entries in “Gendai Gakusei Hyakunin Isshu” (100 poems by contemporary students), an annual contest organized by Toyo University.

Many of the poems submitted in 2021 vividly expressed the thoughts and feelings of their young authors cooped up for a second year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Kurumi Ishikawa, a second-year high school student, wrote this gem.

“The school’s ‘bunkasai’ cultural festival/ Held online for the second year in a row/ How normal this has begun to feel.”

As remote learning and video conferencing became routine, other family members became experts at not being seen on the screen, remaining quiet and making absolutely sure that no background clutter or mess ever got caught on the camera.

Here’s a piece by Moe........

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