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Finding The Bright Side Of COVID-19 (with a poem)

This moment in our world can seem dark, but there is light in all this.

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March started a lot different than how it ended. At the beginning of March the world seemed mostly normal. At the end of March we found ourselves living in a pandemic. People around the world have had to readjust their lifestyles.


Though it can seem really sad and scary, there is good to come from this. I wrote this poem “And So The Sun” to offer a different perspective on this moment in our world. It can seem dark, but there is light in all this.

And So The Sun

It’s been honking all morning

The highway is filled with cars

Of people trying to make it someplace different than where they are

Trying not to be late

But the traffic’s making them wait.


The cars pass by a school

They pass by some stores and shops

They pass by some restaurants and salons

All working non-stop

The day had only begun

And there’s so much to be done

Today’s a morning

Just like any other morning

Of human civilization under the sun.


And so the sun

When looking down

Thought “What would happen

If things changed around?

The world is just like a sun

That will not set

When will the world

Ever rest?


What if these cars had no place to be?

What if these stores and shops closed

And people were to forced to focus only on the things they really need?

What if people were forced to spend time with themselves?

Forced to reflect and focus on their health?


And I’m not talking about just one town

What if the whole world changed around?

Everyone together

All connected

All going through the same thing

All equally affected.


What if instead of putting them to waste

People appreciated the resources they had?

Not constantly taking for granted

What’s in their grocery bag?

What if all this pollution started declining?

With the highways mostly empty

And fewer planes flying?


What if families were forced to bond

Whether or not they got along?

And the glitter and glamour of a celebrity life

What if you took away all the hype?

And forced everyone to live the same way

Forced to see they’re all alike.


And what if parents watched their kids learn and grow?

Not sending them away each day

But keeping them at home?

What if people were forced to connect

In a place where countries don’t have boundaries

Called ‘the internet.’


What if there was a deeper feeling of unity?

With more people being aware of their communities?

What if people had to redefine

The things that they find fun

Without being able to go to parties and clubs?

What if an extroverted society

Had to find a way to do things more quietly?


Just for a while

What if there was a collective pause?

So the upcoming mornings

Wouldn’t move so fast

And people could reevaluate

The way they were living in the past?”


And so the sun

When looking down

Thought “What would happen

If things changed around?


Wonder how this would shake things up?”

I guess we’ll find out in a couple of months.

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