This week I was inspired to write a poem about the current times…
In early 2020, the invisible enemy did land.
And we realized the consequences heavily first-hand.
Businesses and schools were shuttered, people sent to work from home.
While front line essential workers were left to fend alone.
People got sicker, and much quicker, than any sickness seen before.
Medical professionals sounded alarms, their unheard voices getting sore.
A virus and racial justice, mental health, and our bottom line.
Four pandemics intersected hitting all at the same time.
We overloaded on bad news, we blindly held our empty cup.
We tossed and turned with the uncertainty, when would the spiral, spiral up?
Then the researchers and scientists, funded at a new warp speed.
Discovered a vaccine to help support humanity’s need.
There were questions on the efficacy and if there would be harm.
But the final say, said the vaccine of the day, was the one closest to your arm.
As people are safeguarded, we still have work to do.
To ensure those who need protection the most, have the access that they are due.
The light at the end of the tunnel, is just a sliver streaming through.
We must do what is best for humankind and hope we have learned something new.
So many lost so much, and will never be the same.
People suffering alone, no proper goodbyes, not a number, someone with a name.
As we look towards tomorrow, may we never forget this time.
When the solid foundation we lived on, crumbled and turned on a dime.
May we reach out to each other, help those now in need.
We shed the same tears, we all love with our hearts, each one when injured will bleed.
Let us use our voice for change, so the suffering was not in vain.
May the lessons we learned be amplified so we’re ready when challenged again.