May 9 – Landscape

Do you see the forest first, or the trees?

I see buildings, cars, and trees, in that order. It is night time at the moment, so I can also see the city lights and it is past 9 p.m on a Saturday night.

On a usual Saturday night, I would sit on my balcony and listen to the music that’s played in the plaza downstairs. But, because of COVID-19, that is not happening anymore. There isn’t any more music or people walking around the plaza. It has gotten really lonely.

Gazing out my window, I can also see a clear night sky with no stars. Light pollution, right? The only good thing about light pollution is that it somehow reflects on the number of people that live in this city, and the many that are staying at home on a Saturday night. We can only thank quarantine for that. I see a traffic light with a couple of cars waiting for the light to change. Aren’t these people supposed to be at home? Are they front-line workers? I wonder…

I see a bus that didn’t stop, I guess nobody was at the bus stop and the light had already changed to green. Coffee shops and restaurants are all closed. How come there is a parking enforcement vehicle parked in the corner? There shouldn’t be any cars parked in the plaza for them to give tickets too.  Very strange…

And with my gaze back indoors, I look at my computer screen realizing I’ve already written too much and my phone is blinking with notifications. I should probably check it. Funny enough, one of the notifications is from Netflix advising on what I should watch tonight.

Looking at the couch now…Thank you, Netflix, for understanding my moods.

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My inspiration today comes from the WordPress.com writing prompts guide.
https://wordpress.com/dailypost/postaday/ebook-365-writing-prompts/