Monday, March 30, 2020

Poems for the Times

Photos: March 2020
Hoping this finds everyone safe and well in these times of uncertainty. In my little corner of the world, spring is displaying her beauty and each time I went out for a walk in recent days (thankfully, I can do that in my neighborhood), I found myself snapping pictures along the way. Sharing a collage of the beauty here along with a haiku I penned in response to troubling times.

And speaking of poems in response to the times, have you seen the poem Lockdown, penned by Brother Richard Hendrick, a priest in Ireland? I found it here at Irish Central but understand that it was first posted on facebook March 13, and has since been viewed tens of thousands of times. Resonating words for many...

by Richard Hendrick
Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
March 13th 2020

Heart-touching and truth-telling...

Do you read poetry? What poets/poetry books particularly speak to you, both in good times and bad?

Wishing all the very best in the days to come. Stay well. Love. Sing.


  1. Thank you for sharing Richard Hendrick's poem. It's such a beautiful reminder of how to live while we are alive. I wish you had posted your haiku as well. In many ways, we're passing the lock down time the way you are. We, too, are able to take our walks for health, and I've used it to take pictures of the neighborhood. Right now, spring is in bloom and everything is so serene and beautiful. Take care, and best wishes for good health for you and all your loved ones.

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth, and I wish good health to you and yours, too :-) The beauty of the spring season is surely uplifting in these times isn't it? As for haiku, I did tuck a little poem into my photo collage above--just another shot at playing with words and images! Wishing you all the best....

  2. Love your photos and your own haiku! Right now, it's the little things that keep me going every day. When the weather's good, I walk around the neighborhood and take photos of pretty things. I text them to my mother, who is 96 and can't get out much. Stay safe, Kenda!

    1. Peggy, so glad to hear from you, and thanks :-) And glad to know you are well and getting out on walks, enjoying the beauty in the midst of tough times, and taking pictures. I hope your photos help lift your mom's spirits. How difficult these times must be for her--and for you as you try to be there for her. Thanks for being in touch. Take care, stay healthy--and keep writing!!