For Better or for Worse – A Poem for our Time

Toritto at home

And so my brother texted me
“Stay home and be well
They won’t waste a ventilator
on either one of us”

And so it was;
the people stayed home
and were still,
learning a new way of being.

Reading books, streaming
writing poetry, making art, playing games
meditating, praying, dancing
encountering their shadows.

Listening more intently
some beginning
to think differently
missing the hand shake of a stranger.

staying home
having a home to stay in

working from home,
having work,

while caring for their children
though having to cancel a vacation;
an inconvenience considering
those with nowhere else to go.

At home in Camden, New Jersey

And some will learn
to never again take for granted
the kindness of a stranger
a conversation with a neighbor

A Friday night out
a crowded movie theater
a roaring stadium
the taste of Communion

A routine checkup
a boring Thursday, singing birds
each deep breath
life itself.

And when the worst has ended
some of us will be
more like the people
we always wanted to be

The people we had hoped to be
the people we had been called to be
and may we stay that course
for better or for worse.

Homeless in Anaheim, California.

About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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2 Responses to For Better or for Worse – A Poem for our Time

  1. beetleypete says:

    You captured the true spirit of the pandemic lockdown, Frank. Being an old cynic, I think people will forget all too soon. But that said, I hope you are right, and I am wrong.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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