Under a Dark Sky the Sight of the Stars Becomes Clearer

A Poem to Put Things in Perspective during These Trying Times

Under a dark sky,

the sight of the stars becomes clearer.

Our comforting beliefs are shaken by a threat

so microscopic we can’t even see.

But in the midst of the chaos the mirror shouts,

“I am because we are”, “There is only one thing and we all are it”.

So in a single voice, we rediscover the beauty of giving without conditions.

Used to daily trains, planes and car drives,

we are now forced on an inward journey

and we laugh out loud when we notice

that the golden ring we’ve been looking for everywhere

has always been sitting on our finger.

As our sight sharpens again,

we see the things we’ve been taking for granted

and gratitude becomes our prayer.

We silence the noise

we stop being too busy to love

we promise we’ll take better care of our planet

as we reflect on how muddy the sky would look like

if birds were to leave traces in their flights the way we do.

Humbled but stronger,

we start digging a tunnel through our fears.

We know we’ll have to work ten times harder than before,

but pain is a messenger that needs to be heard.

So we dig and dig for the courage to trust our truth,

for the responsibility to become who’ve always been before we forgot.

On the other side of the tunnel,

we grieve for our losses,

we celebrate our heroes,

and rebuild the world a higher species.

In the meantime, from our balconies,

we clap our hands to the miracle of life,

acknowledging how beautiful we are,

simply because we are.

Listen to the narration of the poem at @valentinaquarta_

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