does not describe me fully
it is where to start

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Long Haul Begins

Pandemic effects
lingering intractably
reframe normalcy

Once contagion stays,
resilience frays at last.
The long haul begins.

Self-doubt will persist,
fostered by this epic plague’s
ominous death toll.

What strength can be mined?
Will one’s foundational truths
aid forward movement?

As firm counterweight,
honest doubt hovers throughout
existential angst.

How best to resist?
Premature surrender tempts
even the strong-willed.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

At a Crossroads?

Job and structure loss,
worsened by vast disruptions
frays stability.

Stripped of jobs and means,
workers crave restoration
of earning power.

To survive and grow.
firms strive for financial strength,
light-touch oversight.

Product shortages
disrupt supplies and pricing,
needing correction.

Essential worker
income inequality 
tests priorities.

Poverty's role in
survival disparities
challenges fairness.

Still stunned consumers
staggering from brutal loss,
refrain from spending.

Healthcare providers
seared by unrelenting stress
step back to restore.

The economy,
missing strong participants,
fails to reopen.

Civic leaders caught
by a partisan divide
strain at consensus.

Stressed social contract
invites appraisal to gain
a broad renewal.

Unfolding events
mired in deep uncertainty,
straddle fear and hope.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Competing Expectations of Stay-in-Place

 We have all this time
crying to be productive.
Or we could just chill.

In recovery
from a traumatic event,
downtime may be key.

Covid’s lockdown could
qualify as a trauma
to normal living.

Disrupted routines,
death tolls, lost jobs, displaced kids
call for adjustment.

Feeling unsettled
can overwhelm simple tasks
into inaction.

Public service plus
family obligations
may take precedence.

Otherwise let us
tone down grand expectations.
We need time to mend.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Together in This Live Experiment

magnitude of disruption
hides cloaked in unknowns.

Uncertainty rules.
Dense fog conceals the guideposts
aiding direction.

Trapped unwillingly
in this live experiment,
we adapt to live.

Survival coded
into humanity’s drive
favors the fittest.

A growing number
strained by struggles to endure
likely still need help.

Wisdom may elude
leaders caught in these shock waves
of deep upheaval.

We the people though
can embrace the best within
and rise up in strength.

For the greater good,
kindness, mercy, and giving
could rise to the fore.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Facing My Fears

As I contemplate
this fierce global pandemic, 
questions need answers.

Will I get Covid?
Or could it slay a loved one?
Vulnerable state.

Though lacking symptoms,
have I been struck already
but do not yet know?

Without full testing,
with whom can I meet safely?
Am I locked in fear?

Will this ordeal end?
When and at what cost to all
life as we knew it?

History suggests
we will move on from this scourge,
but at a steep cost.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Musings While in Isolation

So how am I spending my time while in coronavirus isolation? I write haiku-influenced poetry. I will keep adding more as new thoughts arise. Stay safe, all.


World in Lockdown

Abruptly becalmed,
routine rushing and striving.
The eerie silence.

thrust upon the unwilling.
An uneasy fix.

Financial levers
clanking in a spin cycle.
Threatened livelihoods.

Stark trajectory
alarming even the brave.
Menacing unknowns.

Praising the helpers:
food, health, mail, money, civic.
Together we rise.


The Unfathomable?

 This I fear deeply:
an unchecked unraveling of
the social order.

Could the worst happen?
Breakdowns of support systems
portend more hardship.

In uncertain times,
despots and demagogues ply
their flawed solutions.

Group collective strength
may prevail for good or for bad
Which do we choose now?

May current choices
aid what’s good for the many
and not just a few.


Front Line Heroes

Many come forward,

risking themselves to sustain
strangers and loved ones.

Their list now includes
doctors, nurses, ship captains,
paramedics too.

Present also are
store clerks and mail carriers.
Truckers contribute.

Civic, finance, tech,
media, spiritual
join with researchers.

Such heroes declare
selfless giving still exists.
Goodness can prevail.