Afloat on hope

A viral magic act —
making all disappear
but essentials
and our souls are tore down,
emotions tested
communities spread thin
but never so together —
fear and negative mindsets
purpose and positive actions
our generosity unmasked
inspiration is contagious.
We live, we die;
we survive, but barely —
It’s been so long,
we are getting sick of this, but
it’s gotten us closer to ourselves
even as we distance from others.
A year of stern warning from
mother nature that some won’t heed
suffering, separation, and need
a year of gratitude and pain
a year of disorder, loss and gain
yes, many gifts too — science, love,
veiled blessings, principle, perspective;
months were lost but not the lessons.
We have homework: wrest the energy
to begin our rock-bottom rebuilding.

—Terri Guillemets
#covid-19  #coronavirus  #2020

2020

canceled, isolated, distanced
dazed, befuddled, harried
rationed, washed, disinfected
zoomed, homeschooled
furloughed, fired, scared
impoverished, subsidized
learned, helped, sacrificed
inspired, respected, thanked
hospitalized, intubated, died
lied, gaslighted, denied
masked, tested, untested
endured, abided, accepted
annoyed, outraged, protested
anticipated, waited, voted

—Terri Guillemets