April 25, 2024

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

A Pandemic Reflection
By Carmen Greger

Silent whispers fill school halls,
Empty cubicles, corporate falls.
Grocery shelves, once plentiful, bare—
A world paused, a lesson in care.

Until Further Notice…

Families stroll, their bonds tight-knit,
Strangers no more, neighbors sit.
Birds and squirrels in playful spree,
Amidst the chaos, nature’s decree.

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Hospitals brim, heroes in scrubs,
Facing more than their hearts can absorb.
Masks, tests, breaths fought to be won,
In the dance of life, under the same sun.

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Media crossfires, politics’ blaze,
Leaders with heart, through the haze,
Emerge as beacons of truth and grace,
While deceit’s architects find their place.

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With tender hearts and fearful minds,
We stand united, our fates entwined.
A collective tear for lives lost,
In this tempest tossed.

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“Stay safe, stay home,” the signs implore,
A reminder of the bonds we bore.
Differences cast aside, anew,
In this storm, we find what’s true.

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Food banks ebb and flow with care,
Hands unite to show they’re there.
Gratitude in every heart,
From each other, we shall not part.

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Economies waver, yet we stand strong,
Understanding where we truly belong.
Together, awakening, hearts refill,
In solidarity, a collective will.

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Technology’s leap, once overlooked,
Now, in gratitude, our lives booked.
New ways to work, learn, and connect,
In isolation, we reflect.

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Purpose sought, in quiet we dive,
Exploring passions, we come alive.
Skills honed, in solitude’s embrace,
Finding light in a slowed-down space.

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Time’s gift, now fully seen,
In moments quiet, serene.
Life’s fleeting dance, a precious chance,
To cherish every glance.

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Calm’s calling in the slowing tide,
Time to purge, let go of pride.
For a new normal, hearts prepare,
In this pause, a chance to care.

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Gifts nurtured, together we rise,
Brighter, kinder, under open skies.
A unity forged from trial’s fire,
In collective hope, we aspire.

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Seeing each other, truly seen,
In unity, our spirits keen.
Honoring all, near and far,
Together, we heal the scars.

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Local and global, hearts entwine,
Choosing love, over fear’s decline.
A concerted effort, hands extend,
To those we love, strangers and friends.

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Making a difference, in the now,
Rebirth’s call, to which we bow.
The time is ripe for change, for growth,
In unity, we take the oath.

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Understanding finally this shall pass,
Memories of this time, en masse.
A future brighter, within our grasp,
In our actions, let compassion clasp.

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Cultivating, healing, we engage,
In this chapter, on life’s stage.
Making the most, in time so dear,
For a better tomorrow, we steer.

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Hearts open, visions expand,
Embracing all, hand in hand.
In our differences, beauty we find,
Together, we mend humankind.

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Angels among us, divinely placed,
In purity, our lives graced.
With actions kind, hearts aligned,
Our souls, in light, intertwined.

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When normalcy’s bustle returns,
May the essence of kindness burn.
Staying true to compassion’s course,
In love, we find our ultimate source.

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Today, make the most, for it’s all we’ve got,
Grounded in love, a transformative thought.
No guarantees, but in each moment, a lesson taught.
Embrace life fully, without a second thought.

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Let’s recognize the blessings we’ve found,
In simple joys, let our hearts abound.
Overflow with gratitude, let love be our guide,
Till the end of days, in this ride.

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May we cherish the air, the sun, the rain,
Finding peace amid the pain.
In every act, in every deed,
Let’s plant love’s everlasting seed.

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May we emerge, from this test, refined,
With a deeper love for all mankind.
In every smile, in every face,
A reflection of love’s endless grace.

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As we tread this shared path, side by side,
Let compassion be our guide.
For in each heart, a light does dwell,
In this journey, together we excel.

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So here’s to the now, to the beauty we weave,
To the love we give, and in return, receive.
For in this moment, life’s true essence,
A call to love and be loved; Our greatest gift is our genuine presence.

Until Further Notice…