NEW! MOTHER'S DAY, MAY 10, 2020
May 2, 2020
"CLOUDS and RAINBOW COTTON CANDY"
Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope."
No end in sight
The virus is still here!
How do I react to the anxiety, despair, and fear?
I see, I hear, I learn.
The life experiences of the elderly
One of patience and endurance,
The restlessness of millennials
Always scurrying in a hurry.
I hear, I see.
Making sense of their world around
The wisdom of the young, curious, and profound.
Their unconditional love,
My grandchildren reach out.
One fears for the future
Retreats to her island
Where unicorns fly high
Clouds are rainbow cotton candy
Feeling joy and being happy.
The other a philosopher, only seven
Looks at life through his spiritual prism.
"Think about better times in the past,
think not of the present, because these are bad times," he says.
Each trying to hold and comfort
I hear, I learn.
Reaching out a helping hand
Brick by brick, we stand together
Defining for them this journey in time
In the goodness and beauty of life.
The simple joy of a walk in the park
Sharing a park bench, meeting someone new
Never to answer:
What do you do? Where do you come from?
Just say, how wonderful it is to meet you
With reverence, placing hands together
A NAMASTE-- I bow to the divine in you.
We are all one
I see, I smile.
"ODE TO INSTACART"
(Thank you to all the dedicated and selfless souls, risking your lives for us at this moment in time. You are indeed our SUPERHEROES.)
"The Lord turned water into wine. All I'm suggesting is a trip to the grocery store."
--Jodi Picoult, American Writer
What is old, what is new?
COVID19 has me confused!
A handshake gone
A face mask on
How do we just move along?
Adieu to a smiling face behind the deli counter,
Adieu to a warm embrace for a friend in the dairy aisle
Online shopping so confusing
Placing orders, keep on waiting.
Sleepless nights, groggy days,
Each hour on the computer
No online shopper opening up
Ah! COVID19, what have you done?
Try, try, try again
And with a click, a text message!
An Instacart shopper on the way!
Carton of produce, and sixty eggs
It's a green egg and ham day!
Hence my friends be very calm
Your Instacart is on its way!
April 15, 2020
"THE CORONAVIRUS TRILOGY"
As I cloister myself in semi-solitude along with the rest of humanity, there is a feeling of anguish and fear of
CLOVID-19, and I wonder if we can ever put together the pieces of this broken world and make it whole again. Penning my thoughts and emotions in words, I set my pen on fire.
A BROKEN WORLD
"If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?"
In a deeply chaotic world
No one to be seen, no voices heard.
The walls go up, borders demarcated
Families apart, mournful voices heard from afar.
Lights dim, it is dark
The human spirit shattered.
Holed up in isolation, children fear.
A virus descends, the universe torn apart.
Moments and memories to hold onto
The present in crisis, a piercing sound.
Tomorrow will come
With sanguine, peaceful echoes
A moment of reflection--
Of need, not want
Of giving then greed
Of support and strength
Of comfort and love to a broken world.
"Our human compassion binds us the one to the other--not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future."
Tiny buds spring atop branches
Nature comes to life--
Yet there is no sight and sound
Life coming to a screeching halt.
A pandemic unleashed, a global crisis
Devouring indiscriminately in its path
The young and old
Rich and poor, the abandoned and homeless.
Pain and suffering abound
The healers and practitioners
Losing the war
No missiles nor guns to fight this unseen battle.
Lights shine, bells toll
Nations thrive again
Sight and sound re-emerge
Children come out and play.
The universe smiles
We are Karuna--compassion and kindness prevail.
COOKIES, CAKES, AND CHILI POWDER
"Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices -- The Egyptians were buried with spices! -- I know which one I'm taking with me when I go."
People rush, mask and all
Protected from head to toe.
A grocery game, the race has begun.
Toilet rolls, paper towels
Clorox wipes and sanitizers
Ah! Corona you truly stumped us
The cleaning, healing has begun.
Black beans, garbanzo beans
Canned fruits, macaroni and cheese
Spaghetti and meatballs
The cart rolls on.
Aisle after aisle, empty shelves
Periphery vision, self-distancing
The grocery war has begun
Who gets there to spinach and kale?
Apples or oranges, cookies and cake?
The condiment shelf, a chef's delight!
I smile, I see
My curry, my cumin, my coriander
And ah! at last my chili powder!
Delighted! I exit
As you step out this morning to perform your duty in your field of work around the world, thank you. Thank you for all your sacrifice, being away from your families this day, and tomorrow, and the day after, and however long it takes to heal the world of this pandemic, to keep us safe. Happy Mother's day.
She is Mom, she is Mummy
She is Ma, she is Mama
She is Amma, she is Ammi
She is Mutter, she is Madre
She is Mere, she is Moeder
The name that reverberates in the universe.
She nurtures, she strengthens
Our mind and our soul.
She disciplines, she heals
She screams and she shouts
Sure enough, a big hug comes around.
With her checklist in her hand
She is always on the go,
She makes you laugh, so you always smile
She can never see you cry.
She is courage under fire
She is power, she is strength
Dignified when faced with challenge
She is fierce under pressure.
Confident and elegant in her stride
She is beauty, she is grace
She is the Universe.
She is your past
She is your present
She is your future
She is MOM.