And People Stayed Home

April 6, 2020 And the people stayed at home

And people stayed home,

And read books and listened,

And rested and exercised,

And made art and played,

And learned new ways of being,

And stopped,

And listened deeper,

Someone meditated,

Someone prayed,

Someone danced,

Someone met their shadow,

And people began to think differently,

And people healed,

And in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways,

Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,

Even the earth began to heal,

And when the danger ended,

And people found each other,

Grieved for the dead people,

And they made new choices,

And dreamed of new visions,

And created new ways of life,

And healed the earth completely.

Just as they were healed themselves.

Kathleen O’Meara’s poem, ‘And People Stayed Home,’ written in 1869.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Miriam April 6, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Wow. Timeless. So beautiful and so relevant today. We can learn so much from this. ?

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