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Poems in a Pandemic–Three More

April 12, 2020


spirit of joy – bounce through me this day

spirit of hope – hang on

spirit of bells – ring loud and clear and

spirit of love – love long

spirit of dance – keep me on the move

spirit of faith – believe

spirit of heart – be kind and real and

spirit of friends – keep touch

spirit of peace – step out through the world

spirit of drums – beat strong

spirit of breath – breathe deep and slow and

spirit of song – just sing – on – through – my – life


April 13, 2020

One Purpose

my purpose seemed

different for

each job I had

when a mother I

strove to teach

kindness and love

as music therapist

in nursing home I

reached out with song

as choir director

or preacher I tried to

model God’s word

but was there

one purpose that

encompassed all

love God with

all of my

heart, mind, strength

love neighbor

whether nearby

or far

love self

I can strive for

all three


April 14, 2020

The Walk

step outside – warmer but still not warm

slight breeze chased some of the warm farther away

the two pear trees stand side by side

the pink one not as far along in blooming as the white one

I tell the pink “you will be special—just wait and see”

the new raised garden beds are just dirt in one, empty in two

but looking sturdy and ready for more activity

two bushes are intertwined as I walk by – not healthy for either

as they both struggle – one with small red flowers

baby violets – some white, some purple – scatter through the grass

I sit for a while on walker seat to feel the sun

which is still not committed to heat anything

the neighbor’s flag is at half mast

maybe a village loss since the village flag is half mast too

jonquils near the house are overcrowded and trying to be brave about it

dandelions – still small in number – look determined

the section where grass seed was sown has no sprouting yet

seventeen birdhouses on two sides of the half barn are unoccupied for now

I enter the house again slightly discouraged at work to be done

but revive as I go into the area I’m quarantined from

to see the garden seedlings just starting to peep through black dirt

I read what grows – a wonder list of veggies

I exit the forbidden territory

confident that hope is growing here


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