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Fierce Hope From Dreams Denied (Poems In A Pandemic #10)

What happens to a dream deferred? Or all together denied? What happens when an entire nation, already reeling from a pandemic, witnesses a murder before “its” very eyes? Does poetry have anything to say in such a situation? Might a piece of art console us? Might a poem begin to tell a story that we…

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Healing Laughter (Poems In A Pandemic #9)

What’s the connection between grief, loss, and healing laughter? Just know this. Even in times of great difficulty, there are small islands of laughter upon which we can visit, shelter, and heal. Poet, Maya Angelou once said, “I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.” I feel the same. And I cherish these words by Tim…

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What Is Courage?… (Poems In A Pandemic #8)

What if we have courage all wrong? Yes, the word “courage” means to know and follow our heart. But what if that path leads through fearsome territories we would just as soon not enter? Here’s a short piece that tells the ragged, rough, and often paradoxical truth about courage. At The Heart Of Courage Courage…

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Against Normal… (Poems In A Pandemic #7)

Wonder if the future is a (new) dream we’re all about to have? In this brief video, a powerful quote I find stunningly clarifying, plus a short poem about what’s next after the pandemic. After The Pandemic (A Radical Poem About Starting Fresh Again…) No one wants to go back, to that old store-bought happiness,…

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Hang In There… (Poems In A Pandemic #6)

Having a good-natured laugh at ourselves, and the predicament called life can be very healing. Humor is deeply nurturing. In my years of studying the martial art of Aikido, I learned that the weakest muscle is the one that is continuously flexed. During this time of the pandemic, we can easily experience a kind of…

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Poems In A Pandemic #5 (The Cure at Troy)

Did you hear the one about the lost, weary, and bedraggled traveller and the strange paradoxical directions he received? Here’s the brief story. Plus a poem by the amazing poet, Seamus Heaney that starts in tragedy and ends in sublimity. The perfect poetic path to hope in a pandemic.

Poems In A Pandemic #4 (Words of Arundhati Roy)

Here are some of the most powerful words I’ve yet to hear about the current pandemic… and the vision beyond. (Quote included below the video.) Here is the poetic quote by Arundhati Roy: Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds…

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Poems In A Pandemic #3 (Blessing The Boats)

“…and may you in your innocence / sail through this to that.” –Lucille Clifton The above lines from our featured poem give us a blessing for these times. My question is, given this ongoing pandemic, where are we headed as a people, a nation, and a world? In a recent poll done in the UK, only…

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