As we’re blindly guided down these halls
Cheers for heroes echo off the walls
Chaos drowns our vulnerable populations
While compassion combines with innovation
We recognize ourselves in random strangers
And find more joys than there are dangers
As so many have had to die alone
Funerals taking place by video or phone
There is literally no place on Earth to hide
We’re all swept up in the Covid riptide
As the newness fades from this normal- a brand new fear reigns
That we all emerge

Lilacs in Bloom

From the depths of your heart to the top of your lungs
sing until every song has been sung

Collect your mistakes and wear them like medals
Breathe in the flowers and count all the petals

Smile til the wrinkles won’t fall from your eyes
Stand for what’s right til it’s not a surprise

Let the light enter where darkness has veiled
and hope against odds when all else has failed

Breathe it all in while the air is still sweet
And cherish each day with your kids at your feet

Write it all down so they’ll know what you did
Leaving a glimpse of the life that you lived

Tomorrow’s impatient, arriving too soon
There’s just today, while the lilacs are in bloom.


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