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Tue Mar 17, 2020, 11:54 AM

I came across this poem a few days ago and found it especially inspirational for these times.

I had briefly posted this a few days ago and deleted it quickly when I realized I may need permission from the author before posting the full version. I have since received that permission.

This is the poem, written by Brother Richard Hendrick, who by the way lives in Ireland and gave St. Patrick Day's greetings (today). I hope this may help someone else through these especially difficult times.

LOCKDOWN ...

by Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM

March 13th 2020


Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.

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Tue Mar 17, 2020, 01:27 PM

1. So beautiful.

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Tue Mar 17, 2020, 02:05 PM

2. Recommended.

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Tue Mar 17, 2020, 03:21 PM

3. Thank you for this, marked50.

Much needed and much appreciated...

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Sat Mar 21, 2020, 06:23 PM

4. Nice poem!

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