“We are all in this together”…..
Beginning to sound cliche…but it rings true. Life, as we are accustomed to, dramatically changed overnight.
In a mere moment, we were catapulted to a new normal.
Sitting here at my keyboard in Portland, Maine, it is raining outside. There is nowhere to be, nowhere to go. A nudge to my spirit, it is time to go deeper.
Soulful piano music softly fills the room. My attempt to center, ground and soothe.
The city outside my window is unfamiliar with its empty streets, shuttered hotels, and restaurants. Ordinarily bustling Exchange Street, the home of Holy Donut, designer clothing shops, coffee hangouts…would be teeming with visitors from out of state and all over the world, scurrying from shop to shop…now weirdly, almost unnervingly quiet.
We are passing the time, as much of you…creatively finding ways to connect with others through Facetime and Zoom, keeping the incessantly horrific news at bay by meditating, reading, or tackling the ‘when I have time’ projects. Cooking, sanitizing, walking outside when we can…but with caution.
Some of us are still working…our new heroines and heroes…medical staff, grocery store clerks, police, firefighters, garbage collectors, food distributors, pharmacy staff and many more… literally on the battlefield of this pandemic in service to the rest of us.
Our champions! Warriors! Superheroes!
These times are unfamiliar. Knit together, inching our way toward understanding and resolution, we follow the guidelines and maintain physical distance from one another…we remain isolated in our separate abodes.
Yet in this collective confinement, we are demonstrating love.
Love for one another, for humankind.
The expression of that love is clearly apparent as it comes at us in many forms, all directions: from the front-line workers, to the executives of large corporations.; from friends, neighbors, even strangers; the poor among us to millionaires donating to the cause; from each one of us….street to street, city to city, country to country.
We have unearthed the gentleness and generosity that was within us all along.
We have released our concerns about ‘difference’, genuinely embracing one another with appreciation and respect regardless of race, creed, religion, color, sexual orientation, age, gender.
Our huge planet now small, now one.
On our strolls around the city, the stillness allows bird songs to permeate the air, penetrate the angst.
Five or six mockingbirds sing from brambled bushes that line the path along Portland Harbor…demonstrating a kindred association with fellow birds by mimicking their calls.
They do not discriminate.
They choose to embrace the distinct sounds of all, projecting the glorious melodies of each one.
Perhaps a gift evolving from our shared dilemma is recognizing we are gloriously different, yet the same…each with a ‘song’ to share that brings beauty to our world.
I have written a poem dedicated to my feathered friend….
A whirling planet paused.
to a dead
Every one. Everywhere.
Gathered as one
from a distance,
Honored a space
each acknowledged the bounty received
when collectively they
Giving thankful prayer,
in gratitude for,
Be Safe. Stay Healthy. Peace.