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CNY Inspirations: a poem to reflect the new normal

By on April 7, 2021 0

This functionality is coordinated by The Post-Standard / and InterFaith Works of CNY. Follow this theme and this author published Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

What will we take in the “new normal” that makes life fuller and more holy? New hobbies and activities? Zoom with our families? Commitment to fight against racial, economic and social disparities? An untitled poem by Kitty O’Meara, sometimes referred to as the Pandemic Poet Laureate, has gone viral.

And the people stayed at home. And read books, and listen, and rest, and exercise, and make art, and play games, and learn new ways of being, and were still. And listened to more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some have encountered their shadows. And people started to think differently.

And the people got well. And, in the absence of ignorant, dangerous, foolish, heartless people living, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people came together again, they mourned their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed of new images, and created new ways to live and fully heal the earth, how they had been healed.

Reverend Richard K. Klafehn, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is Acting Rector of the Episcopal Church of Christ in Manlius.