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{April 15, 2020}   Surviving during the Pandemic

A bee enjoying azalea

Keeping Busy

Being someone who needs nature for my mental health, this has been a tough couple of months. I have been out walking my neighborhood and some woods (safely with a mask, of course) whenever the weather cooperates. I have also been reading and writing a lot. This is one of the poems I have written during this isolation. This is survival for me.

 

Pandemic Response

 

This earthbound isolation is like quicksand,

survival by being still,

endless waiting, waiting,

keeping hands busy, mind empty.

 

But I need to ride the clouds spread

on the searing blue sky,

burrow myself into bright blossoms like a bee,

douse my eyes in the water of ponds’

shivering reflections searching for life –

tadpoles or tiny fish —

only this, only this

keeps me alive.

 

Susan Merrifield Desrocher

c 2020



{December 5, 2012}   Facing Birthdays

For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday.

Happy BirthdayJohn Glenn

Birthday is a salty word if you’re not a fan of cake and ice cream. 

Greg Evans

Today’s the day I mostly dread. More so than New Years’ Day, I pick this day to evaluate where I am and what I have done in the last year, and I’m always disappointed. But this year I won’t allow it!

Yesterday this line came to me:

Kick the birthday in the teeth and it can’t bite!

I tried to write a poem around it, but I discovered I liked it better all on its own.

This year I will be the age when I am grateful for another year and recognize that the best gift I have received is that I am still breathing! You don’t have to be 80 to feel that way. You can choose to feel that anytime…And I choose that age today. Happy Birthday to me!



et cetera
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