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Celebrate Now Work Tomorrow (Poems In A Pandemic #32)

Whatever work is needed tomorrow, we can do. And yes, there will be much of it. But for now, it is time to celebrate. Congratulations Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Looking at the world today, I mysteriously witnessed that leaves, limbs, and even the clouds were celebrating as well. What better time to dig into…

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The Great Human Question (Poems In A Pandemic #31)

Is today’s offering a poem? I’m not sure. Maybe? Others will have to decide. Is it too preachy? Again, maybe? Should it have been written anyway? Yes, I think a slim and humble case can be made for this. And if not, can such a move be forgiven? I hope. Truth is, time itself made…

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Ending The Pain Parade (Poems In A Pandemic #30)

Poems are little repair shops. I guess that makes me a repairman. The client? It’s always me. When I do my work skillfully, it also helps readers and listeners. Why do we need to repair ourselves? Because we have denied something essential. If we reject pain and absurdity, we turn brittle and bitter. Deny beauty…

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Your One Wild And Precious Vote (Poems In A Pandemic #29)

What emotions are you feeling right now? For me, I’m angry at the state of our democracy. I’m grieving the hundreds of thousands of deaths in our country and many more worldwide. I’m fearful about Earth’s future. And yet, I am also joyful to have spent a recent glorious day at Point Lobos, CA, where…

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The Auto-Pilot Myth Of Our Democracy (Poems In A Pandemic #28)

Oh, how naïve I have been all these years. Maybe many of us? To think we could occasionally vote, give a couple of bucks to a candidate, and then wait passively, on the sidelines, for democracy to remain vital and whole. If nothing else, the catastrophes of the last four years, political, pandemic, environmental, have…

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Are We Nearing The New Life? (Poems In A Pandemic #27)

What comes first hope or action? Yes! This answer is neither a cynical nor a Pollyanna-laden response. It’s not a formula. It is particularly not a license to ignore facts or delude ourselves. What does come first is gratitude. It’s a recognition of the mysterious and sacred. It’s the unshakable faith in the next breath…

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How RBG Speaks To Our Hearts (Poems In A Pandemic #26)

These are challenging times. However, we must resist the icy clutches of cynicism and despair. RBG reminds us that we can get big, fair, and just things accomplished without losing our moral compass and center. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was as much a healer as she was a brilliant legal mind. Her life, courage, and convictions…

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The Magic Of Letting Go (Poems In A Pandemic #25)

What expectation do you need to let go of in these wild and tumultuous times to be more centered, grounded, and useful? Times of trouble in so many areas of our lives – pandemic, climate, and political. Listen to the notable poet, May Sarton, as she grapples with this very question, dispensing her wisdom through…

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