When This Is Over…

When This Is Over…

I first posted When This Is Over a full year ago, at the very beginning of the pandemic shutdown. As at least some of the areas of the world are re-opening to kids playing baseball outdoors, museums opening, friends hugging when vaccinated, the sentiments and intentions of the poem are as relevant as ever. May it be so….

When This is Over
By Laura Kelly Fanucci

When this is over,
may we never again take for granted:
A handshake with a stranger,
full shelves at the store,
conversations with neighbors,
a crowded theatre…
Friday night out,
the taste of communion,
a routine checkup,
the school rush each morning…
Coffee with a friend,
the stadium roaring,
each deep breath…
A boring Tuesday,
Life itself.
When this ends,
may we find that we have become
more like the people we wanted to be…
we were called to be….
we hoped to be
and may we stay that way…
better for each other
because of the worst.

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