Carol Died This Morning. . . Carol died. Carol – my dad’s neighbor The loving woman next door – Who said, “Just knock On your dad’s bedroom wall If you need us.” Who let us know just a couple of weeks ago That she had heard a thud – Worried that Dad had fallen He had – but was okay Her bedroom was closer than ours. Carol died. Carol – a warm, generous soul. I shall never eat berries again Without thinking of her and smiling. When I was visiting, she often brought or sent over Fresh berries – washed and ready to eat. Carol died. Carol – an authentically caring person Not fluff, mind you Carol was brash, funny And completely sincere I heard she ran a hospital gift shop which was shut during COVID On her own time, She opened it during the holiday season For employees to shop. I worked in a hospital during COVID At times, we would duck into the gift shop Just to browse for 5 minutes Maybe buy some happy socks To feel normal For a few minutes A shelter from the maelstrom Carol gave that Carol cared. Carol died. Carol also lived She lived knowing life would end Who creates a blue onyx tiled shower? It is gorgeous She got to enjoy it for a couple of weeks But her philosophy about it was profound in reflection “You can’t take it with you, may as well enjoy!” She declared with a big smile! Carol, in my limited time in your presence, I came to know you as A vivacious, take charge, pragmatic person Generous and caring. Now COVID has claimed you Shortened your life Taken another person Left yet another void Sadness permeates our world Holes are left in so many homes Hearts broken with painful, jagged edges Sadness, for some, morphs into anger Anger to hate. People pick sides Find someone to blame Something to fight about Because it is scary and hard to feel sad But sad we must For Sad we are. Sadness cloaked by anger Does not soften Does not go away It only destroys COVID has created untold suffering It is not merely numbers Though, sometimes, we cannot fathom the lives So we merely hear the numbers. Carol died. I am saddened for her family Her friends, her neighbors And our world. I pray that Love find a way to comfort Find a way to unite I pray that COVID ends ENDS That it be no more No more death, suffering, dividing, isolating NO MORE Carol died this morning I am sad I am thankful to have known her Even the short time that I did The world has lost another Beautiful human being.