The Suffering sprouting from COVID
Extends far beyond the reach of microbes
There are divisions caused by beliefs
Do we shutdown?
Do we mask?
Do we immunize?
Differences grown monumental
Attached to basic beliefs –
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Politicians fanning flames of division
Creating resentment, anger
There is NO denying
Without intentional blindness
Without coldness of heart.
We may lay blame for that suffering
In varied places
On varied shores
But suffering there is.
Suffering of separation
In times of despair, illness
Suffering of illness
Undiagnosed during isolation
Suffering of fear
Stripping our humanity
Robbing our sleep
Blocking our compassion
Suffering of financial loss
Rent, mortgages unpaid
Food lines growing.
Suffering of disease
Loss of breath
At times even death
Too many times.
There are lights flickering in this darkness
Flames I have witnessed
Flames of hope that humanity is not lost.
The kindness of nurses
Irrespective of for whom they are caring
They offer kindness and compassion
Caring eyes above the mask
With tear-filled resolve to keep going.
The courage they demonstrate
By showing up
By being present
By caring, always caring.
The hand on the arm of the grieving wife
Placed ever so gently, lovingly
The confident way they guide
The people so filled with fear and confusion
Families – separated for weeks
As COVID is fought in hospital room
Couples married for decades now apart
Then rejoined briefly
To say goodbye.
I have handed these fragile people
Over to nurses
Confident, caring, courageous, competent nurses
There is no greater honor.
There are flames of hope
In our world,
I stand in testimony and gratitude to nurses everywhere.
I am proud to call you sister, brother,
I am ever grateful for the work you do.
I pray you are given the strength to steadfastly carry on!