History Will Remember When The World Stopped


For days I have had writer’s block.  I just feel overwhelmed by the clutter of the chaos that abounds our world socially and economically due to the coronavirus pandemic and probably need time to clear my head and emotions.  I also feel like I am missing huge opportunities to record my raw reactions during this period in time that has become all-consuming.  Meanwhile, I’d like to share a poem by author Donna Ashworth that appeared this morning on Facebook:

History will remember when the world stopped
And the flights stayed on the ground.
And the cars parked in the street.
And the trains didn’t run.

History will remember when the schools closed
And the children stayed indoors
And the medical staff walked towards the fire
And they didn’t run.

History will remember when the people sang
On their balconies, in isolation
But so very much together
In courage and song.

History will remember when the people fought
For their old and their weak
Protected the vulnerable
By doing nothing at all.

History will remember when the virus left
And the houses opened
And the people came out
And hugged and kissed
And started again

Kinder than before.

Donna Ashworth
March 18, 2020

 

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