Poems For These Times

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When You Find You’re Weary

Most everyone is getting a bit weary these days, at least in moments. Long moments of enduring staying at home for fear of the coronavirus; tense moments of scrambling to sort out – safe to send kids to school? Safe to meet face-to-face with colleagues at work? Safe to walk on the beach? Or jog […]

“Love in Action”

The last public event I attended with friends in March 2020 was the screening of the film #Anne Frank: Parallel Stories, Helen Mirren reading excerpts from Anne’s diary from the attic (now a museum) where Anne and her family hid for 25 months from the Nazi occupation (and deportation of Jews) in Holland. Four days […]

It Is I Who Must Begin

The Czech playwright Vaclav Havel wrote this poem during the activist protests and uprisings that toppled communist rule in Czechoslovakia in 1989. He was the first democratically elected president of Czechoslovakia 1989-1992 and the first president of the new Czech Republic 1993-2003. It is I Who Must Begin It is I who must begin. Once […]

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