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Down In The Mud Where The Truth Is (Poems In A Pandemic #20)

Does it help to protest for fairness and justice? Does it make one bit of difference if we have a clear vision of what right means? How about the possibility, and the question for which our life is the answer? Yes, of course, these things matter. Listen now to a quiet protest poem—a poem of…

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Your Tiny Acts Of Courage (Poems In A Pandemic #18)

Of course, there are grand acts of courage. We admire them. But that is not the kind available to most of us most of the time. What we need now are tiny acts of bravery and courage by us all. In this current age of pandemic, chaotic politics, and climate change, we must seek to…

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Bold Reforms? They Are Coming… (Poems In A Pandemic #17)

Do you feel the boldness of the reforms coming? A more fair and inclusive politics, with new levels of racial and ecological justice. They are coming but not without a degree of work and struggle. To get around the pain, loss, and difficulty, we must move straight through it. Here is a poem that models…

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Complaining Our Way To Gratitude (Poems In A Pandemic #16)

Who does not enjoy a little recreational complaining from time to time? We ask ourselves, how could life be this way? But did you realize that complaining might be a tool for spiritual practice? Done correctly and with the right intention, complaining can become a handy backdoor way into an attitude of gratefulness. On the…

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It’s Not Going Away… Now What? (Poems In A Pandemic #15)

What can a small child enchanted with the world teach us about joy and resilience in the middle of a raging Pandemic? One that isn’t going away soon? Plus a Lucille Clifton poem that’s magic and teaches us to make our own bold stand in difficult times, “hand over hungry hand.”.

Flattening The Covid Grief Curve (Poems In A Pandemic #14)

We’ve all been touched by this pandemic, either directly or indirectly. From the people we love, to the places we cherish and dreams we’ve had to put on hold, the losses mount. We won’t be able to move forward individually or collectively until we more fully witness our losses, honor our grief, and tend to…

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The Stories We Must Own (Poems In A Pandemic #13)

“We either own our stories, or they own us. Only when we have the courage to own our history are we able to write a brave new ending to our story.” Brene Brown said it so well. Here is a poem to help us own our story. A poem that also gives a practical roadmap…

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