discouragement of the fearful passion of the pathfinders
boredom of the erudite opportunity of the ready
despair of the overcome pride of the calm conqueror
crumbling of the thoughtless savvy of the thinker
rebellion of restless seas wisdom of the calmer waters
coarseness of the unmodified rocks refinement of a rare diamond sage
repeating dirge of the pessimists excitement of the optimists
shock of the confronted pragmatism of the realists
dissatisfaction of the takers fulfillment's flame in the givers
empty shell of the ever selfish and balm of those who
to the bewildered smile kindness
In response to Joey's lovely, timely poem: 'Seeing is Believing'
There are many variations in the responses to modern life of those around us, especially to the daily bombardment of the news of 'mass disabling confusion and denial' or the 'barely contained hysteria' observed in reactions of many to an actual or even perceived foe. These altered societal parameters are proving to be a challenge for some, a way to shine for others. The choice is for us to make, perhaps with a change in outlook for the best outcome, hence I wanted to share the reality and opportunity of our day...
In the last pandemic, I fell in love with a sick person. We didn’t stay 6 feet apart. I pressed my head on his chest and listened to his beating heart. We shared our limbs and our breath, and there was only one part of him that threatened me with death. I miss the days when we knew what risks we were taking. But we still measure love that’s true by what we are willing to do and to not do.