Pandemic poetry 6: “And the people stayed home” …

“Company in a courtyard behind a house” by Pieter de Hooch / Wikimedia Commons

Another poem in Glosso’s pandemic poetry collection, this time from Kitty O’Meara in 2020.

And the people stayed home
And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened, and rested,
and exercised, and made art, and played games,
and learned new ways of being, and were still.
And listened more deeply.
Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently. And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways,
the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed,
and the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses, and made new choices,
and dreamed new images,
and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed.

— by Kitty O’Meara, former teacher and chaplain, inspired by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic

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