There was a day we woke up different.
Frightened and afraid.
Forced to stay inside,
And sleep in the beds we made.
Tucked tightly in our homes,
With less of our worldly distractions.
We sat across from our loved ones,
And critiqued their’s and others’ reactions.
Some were angry at those
Who wore masks on their faces.
Others were upset at those who didn’t wear one
Because they believed it wasn’t safest.
Some people marched at the capitol,
Outraged over the restrictions,
While others wept over loved ones
Lost despite the best medical provisions.
The consumers bought more toilet paper
Than they could use in years.
Stockpiling on bleach and canned goods
Setting them on shelves next to their fears.
And others rose every day to fight
The demon that kills our most fragile.
They put on scrubs and uniforms
And worked the hospital rooms, strong and agile.
Some put on their badges and guns,
Only to face another danger.
Their families anxiously waiting at home
Hoping they don’t return with the viral stranger.
And we all became abundantly aware
Of our own mortality
And the importance of our moments spent,
And chose them with more intentionality.
And while we as people
Took cover and desperately held in our air,
Mother Nature sighed in relief
At this break from her despair.
She used the time to clean her beaches,
And dust the smog from mountain tops.
To clean the canals and forests
While we closed our restaurants and shops.
And so we are left to ponder
The culture we created.
Take the good and leave the bad
During this time of recalibration.
Maybe this reset
Hasn’t been so bad
Maybe it’s a time to clean up our act
And appreciate what we have and had.