The Spring has arrived in a hush,
leaving behind Winter but not given
the usual fanfare and adore.
The days are getting warmers,
the flowers beginning to bloom,
the sun is shining longer,
and none of it feels a comfort.
We should have been enjoying the
changing season and feeling
the sun on our skin. We should
be smelling the blossoms and
freshly cut grass. And welcoming
the spring showers that provide
a rich moistness to nourish the world.
Yes, we should have been enjoying
all the splendors of the season of rebirth.
But a shadow has clouded and took
hold of the earthly pleasures.
A shadow that we must stay away from,
for good reason.
I love my neighbor, so I shall
stay away from them this Spring.
Yet it all feels contradictory,
As people we need love and connection,
We need one another and closeness.
Panic is justified, fear is understandable.
How it boggles the mind, that the best
Panacea is to stay away from each other
When all our whole lives we’ve been
Told to stand with one another.
It’s a strange situation, all our lives
being disrupted in the season we want
most to leave our houses. But,
there will be more Springs, even if we must
lose this one.
With trepidation, anxiety, and hysteria
gripping almost all facets of life,
remember what you can control
and cannot control.
We cannot hide from reality, but
That does not mean we must let it consume us.