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March 29.20: Coping

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Last night the lightning

tore up the sky;

now remnants gather

and wind sweeps them by,

face-planting the jonquils

into the mud,

ripping the petals

from yesterday’s bud.

No cheer to be had

from this morning’s dawn;

I don’t think I’ll keep calm

but I will carry on.

 

Saluting the British slogan which has served so well —

until we don’t WANT to keep calm.

6 thoughts on “March 29.20: Coping

  1. I look forward to each and every one of your posts; for the remarkable photos and the beautiful way you comment on your – our world. You have a remarkable gift.

  2. I’ve always interpreted it as ‘keep as calm as you can’ or in other words, ‘keep calmer than you would be keeping if you weren’t keeping calm’. And I second Shirah’s comment.

    • Thank you! I do like your interpretation although I am suffering considerable brain strain with the part about keeping calmer than I would be keeping if I weren’t keeping calm. Too much like “how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood?” I cogitate.

  3. I really like the face plant of the poor daffodil, because that’s kind of how I feel each day. The news gets worse, the numbers get higher, and I feel like I’ve face planted into the window looking at the world outside. Rain, gray, damp, and dreary here. When one is sequestered the least we could have is bright sunshine to warm the soul, don’t you think? Thanks for staying in touch. 🙂

    • I hadn’t thought of that, but you are very right: we are face-planted in mud. It is dreary and frightening not just in the here and now but in the uncertainty of everything. The wind here is crying and moaning as though it feels what’s going on. I agree with you completely that the least Mother Nature can do is give us something less depressing by way of weather.

      Thanks to you, too — it’s too easy to feel alone in this mess, and so a blog friend is more important than usual!

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