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Your Despair First Aid Kit (Poems In A Pandemic #12)

Are you discouraged? Good, it means you care. It means you are healthy. It also means that your dreams are just about the right size for these difficult times. And you feel those dreams may be in danger. Despair, however, is a different matter. Despair stops us in our tracks. Despair says, “give up” now….

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A Poet Who Refused Silence (Poems In A Pandemic #11)

Rising everywhere is a new story in our country. It’s replacing the old one. It is a story told by millions of protesters of every color, age, class, and gender. It is no longer ignoring the grave systemic injustices that we have long accepted in our society. Perfecting our battered and bedraggled union is in…

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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.

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