When we heal the Earth, we heal ourselves.
It has been a very difficult time for us, these past three odd months, having to come to terms with a pandemic that has wreaked havoc globally on a scale that has been unprecedented so far! However, this has also been time for many artists, writers and creative people to have come together to create and share their work, that has resonated with the rest of us. Of the many souls who have been trying to find grace in the free-fall brought on by the pandemic, one name is that of Kitty O’Meara, who’s now considered to be the poet laureate of the pandemic. If you read her prose poem, you’ll know why.
Overcome by a deep sense of anxiety, sadness and pain, she wrote “And the people stayed home,” —a poem that has now gone viral, with countless shares on social media that tells you why it resonates with so many of us. Kitty’s words bring solace and hope amid the doom and gloom as it aims to dispel the darkness and the pessimism wrought by the uncertainties of our lives, and more importantly, it leaves us feeling hopeful that this dark phase of our lives will be over someday soon when we shall re-think new ways of co-habiting peacefully and harmoniously with Mother Nature.
Her concluding lines are evidence of the belief that there is definitely some good that can come out of this collective state of “together, apart.”
Here goes the poem, followed by a recitation of the same. And when you do read/listen to it, it let me know your thoughts— Did it bring in you a sense of hope? Did it soothe you? Did it make you feel lighter? Or perhaps, better? It did, to me.
“And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened, and rested,
and exercised, and made art,
and played games,
and learned new ways of being,
and were still.
And listened more deeply.
Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.
Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people
living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways,
the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed,
and the people joined together again,
they grieved their losses, and made new choices,
and dreamed new images, and created new ways
to live and heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed.
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