Posts Tagged ‘COVID’

Holiday Poem from Mary Lou Meyers & Art by Linda Garfield

Friday, December 18th, 2020
Thanx to my classmate Mary Lou for all her wonderful poetry and to local artist Linda Garfield for her art, whose message seems to match Mary Lou’s poem, quite by accident!
Float Your Boat
Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza
may seem lack-luster this year,
devoid of glitter and the usual cheer,
with dreams tarnished by Covid-19.
Shopping for gifts has become an unnecessary
hazard to your health, what you do is online,
but held to a minimum to stretch your budget
without any holiday bonuses in sight.
Losing its glitz and glamor, the Rockefeller tree
seems undernourished as though disease has tainted it.
Even Longwood Gardens, the foremost display garden
in the world must observe caution in the holiday rush
with circuitous routes in and out of the Conservatory
and in-between, round circles which insist six feet between.
Still they have created a kind of perfection
which cannot be reached by this weary world
with trees magnified in lights and show-stopping ornaments
and the ones crafted by Nature’s own sculptor.
This seems such a superficial glaze this season,
when everyone was once greeting in overabundance.
Christmas was once an accomplished art
which lifts the spirit of the heart,
and rewards both the Receiver and the Giver.  
There are so many dead ends now,
cut off from crowd-pleasing activities,
ordering on line, avoiding the seasonal rush,
for some might still bargain and bluff for the right stuff
even though they’re putting their life on the line.
Why not recapture the lost Art Form
of Elliot Page <
writing the Annual Christmas Letter.
Fill the air with a kind of cheer which transfigures
the ones, who may be lost in the numbing
atmosphere and fear a kind of mental break-down.
Maybe in the End, it’s the simplest things
that matter most as we begin a New Year of 2021.
I am reminded of a ritual we performed as children
on New Year’s Day after the let down of the Christmas holiday.
In a more subdued tone, we took the half-shells of walnuts,
and filling the tub, placed a lighted candle in each.
Still under the spell, we attached a Wish to the mast.
In the darkened room, we watched the candles flicker
while waves splashed and the riptides flooded
the plucky little boats with their brave candle masts.
Those who made it to the other side,
the fervent ones which never brushed aside their Will Power,
never to be impeded by Time or Tide,
they were lifted by a giant Hand
and made safe and secure on the Promised Land.
Have a Safe Holiday Season

September 2020: Coping & Hoping in the Time of COVID: A Shift in My Postings

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

I am making a shift in MENUPAUSE to a more environmental focus on climate change, global warning (not just warming) and the importance of listening to Mother Nature’s cry of help because we are killing the planet. My vegetarian recipes are part of this, since eating lower on the food chain is one great way to lower our carbon footprint. I hope you will continue to read my postings and join as part of my green team (see below). Finally, I believe that the health of the planet (macrocosum) and the health of our individual bodies bodies (microcosum) are all part of the greater good for global survival.

By ellen sue

Day after day during COVID, my routine rarely alters:

Keep calm, healthy & alert; my resolve never falters.

Making the bed, doing laundry, my thoughts ever roam.

Is this new way of living good for our global home?


Wearing a mask, shopping at dawn, not eating out—

Is this the new norm everyone is thinking about?

The flu in 1918 has a similar resemblance: quite eerie.

Will we ever again feel safe, in practice and in theory?


Day after day, I think a lot about what this new life is worth?

Is COVID telling us to clean up our shared home: Mother Earth?

Are the severe storms, floods, & greenhouse gases a global warning

to scale down our lives, take stock of our actions, every morning?


If so, then we need to do all in our power every, single day

to clean up our ailing planet, everyone in his or her own way.

Reuse/Reduce/Recycle is a triple, important conviction

to save us all from dying: the human race’s extinction!


Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is coming to deadly fruition.

We don’t need a crystal ball; just use your natural intuition.

If we take from the planet more than we give,

soon everything will die and no one will live.


I have become an environmental activist now,

Creating a green team to see what and how

we can do to save the planet & also all* our lives.

I see no other choice to a path that says: “SURVIVE.”


I feel a small revolution stirring in my soul

and my green team project is now a major goal.

so join me if you wish to be part of this quiet revolution.

REUSE/REDUCE/RECYCLE and reach a safe solution.


*whatever your color, creed, political persuasion, or financial & social status

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