A Sign of the Times

A poem I wrote during COVID-19

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March Madness games never saw a jump ball

World Championship dancers never got to dance at all

Provincial contests and trips cancelled 

Along with every prom and grad

Countless heartbreaks and setbacks 

And many reasons to be sad

No wedding bliss and no comfort at the grave

As we all isolate with hope for each life we can save

The unknown is frightening

And when the enemy is hidden

We question every cough 

And pray for those who are bedridden

We learned to flex our job and also flex our mind

We looked for silver linings in whatever we might find

The government offered support 

As workplaces closed down

While empty streets and squares 

Echoed in every single town

We saw extraordinary heroes 

In hospitals and grocery stores

We understood the word essential 

And will know it evermore

The uncertainty is scary,

The breaking news unending

So let’s try to be mindful of the message that we’re sending

We can’t control what others think, what others do or say

We can’t control the things that will go wrong throughout our day

But we can control our actions, what we say and what we do

We can be helpful and be grateful, 

And share heart-warming tales too

We don’t know when the story’s ending 

Or what our new normal will be

But we can smile in any moment 

And know perspective is the key

Stay connected while apart, 

Offer to help if you are able

Reach out to those who struggle, 

Give thanks for loved ones at your table

Nothing is ever certain 

And we’ll have moments of sorrow

But one thing we can be sure of 

Is that the sun will rise tomorrow.

Written by Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

April 10, 2020

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