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It's Not what We Wanted...


Like everyone, I continue to wrestle with despair and hope, with blaming and acceptance, with wonder and resignation. I have had to stop listening to the terrible news -- which doesn't even seem new any more. I don't want to ignore the terror, but the relentlessness is difficult. Something in me also wants to find solace, of course. And, I did find solace in this poem that has been making the rounds on the internet. (and isn't it lovely how people are turning to poetry so often these days!). Despite the fact that terrible suffering and loss have certainly and will certainly continue to happen, something in me wants to also hang onto the fact that we COULD be changed in positive ways by this very unusual situation where we find ourselves. May we all continue to make our way toward healing and hoping... to that end, I thank the author of this poem by Kitty O'Meara...


And the people stayed home. And

read books, and listened, and rested,

and exercised, and made art, and

played games, and learned new

ways of being, and were still. And

listened more deeply. Some

meditated, some prayed, some

danced. Some met their shadows.

And the people began to think

differently. And the people healed. And, in the

absence of people living in ignorant,

dangerous, mindless, and heartless

ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and

the people joined together again,

they grieved their losses, and made

new choices, and dreamed new

images, and created new ways to

live and heal the earth fully, as they

had been healed. ~ Kitty O’Meara, Madison, WI


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Susan Gallagher
Apr 05, 2020

Hi Penny I love this poem and it comes with a funny story. I saw it on FB and it stated the poem was written in 1919 in response to the Spanish Flu.

I sent it to Janice and another friend (who happens to research everything) and she found the poem was written in March 2020. and was not written in response to the Spanish Flu nor in the 1800’s in response to diphtheria and reprinted in 1919. Another example of how FB often has things all turned around. I will forward your the picture that accompanied the poem. It sure sounded and looked plausible.

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