So grateful for all the healthcare workers, other essential workers, and the people at home who are making a difference…
People are Surprising Themselves
a COVID-19 poem by Lauren Hallstrom
Everywhere around the world,
people are surprising themselves.
They are getting out of bed every day
and stretching their legs
and brewing their own cup of coffee.
This is how it goes,
we have to learn how to make ourselves useful.
We have to read the news
and rehearse in our heads
what we would do if we were out there.
Scour the internet and try to figure out
what we can do from here.
Still, we are surprising ourselves
with our compassion
and painted rocks and
signs in our windows.
We are congregating behind screens
to listen to a song
someone made yesterday
that makes us remember what beauty is,
that there is more than one way to heal.
Some people are taking a deep breath
and stepping out of their doors
and covering their faces and
learning what brave looks like.
Others are not believing
and not thinking,
and then here are the rest of us,
doing the little things
over and over and over.