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  • #9608
    david poole
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    This is not my poem but has been shared from a source which I have; it feels very appropriate right now, especially as I am concentrating on poetry. There is not much else to do or anywhere else to go until this is all over, which I am sure it will be one day.

    Pandemic

    What if you thought of it
    as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
    the most sacred of times?
    Cease from travel.
    Cease from buying and selling.
    Give up, just for now,
    on trying to make the world
    different than it is.
    Sing. Pray. Touch only those
    to whom you commit your life.
    Centre down.

    And when your body has become still,
    reach out with your heart.
    Know that we are connected
    in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
    (You could hardly deny it now.)
    Know that our lives
    are in one another’s hands.
    (Surely, that has come clear.)
    Do not reach out your hands.
    Reach out your heart.
    Reach out your words.
    Reach out all the tendrils
    of compassion that move, invisibly,
    where we cannot touch.

    Promise this world your love–
    for better or for worse,
    in sickness and in health,
    so long as we all shall live.

    –Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

    #9623
    Dowrgi
    Participant

    Thanks David.

    Bennathow.
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    #9659
    Michael Broschi
    Participant

    Thanks David!

    #9674
    Dowrgi
    Participant

    Morning David.

    Are you okay? You’ve been very quiet on here lately.

    I hope all goes well.

    Bennathow.
    /|\

    #9675
    david poole
    Participant

    Yes I am thank you Dowrgi. We have been given a new set of rules and I do not think that we are allowed to go out or to meet with anyone, it is very restrictive. I was just listening to The Book Of Invasions on Celtic Myth Podshow, I think that this is a great story and worth a further look. It is surprisingly funny. I have been out for a walk a couple of days ago. The nights are still very cold right now. I might write some more about my experiences. How are you Dowrgi?

    #9681
    Dowrgi
    Participant

    Afternoon David.

    I’m well thank you, working online all the time from morning to evening, but well all the same. To be honest, I’ve not had much time for anything else, although this situation has made me reflect on many things, as you may see in the other thread.

    Anyway, it’s good that we all check in on each other.

    Stay well.

    Bennathow.
    /|\

    #9688
    david poole
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    Afternoon Dowrgi. I have written one story as you may have noticed on the forum but have been struggling a bit with poetry. I have read a lot of it but sometimes feel inspired and sometimes not. We live in serious times and I am wary of becoming too depressing, so I have been trying to enjoy myself as much as possible. You can never tell what might happen next. It is good to hear from you on the forum.

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