Day 21

How are you today?  How are your neighborhood and your city handling the pandemic?  Are you meeting up with friends and/or family online?  I enjoy visiting with my family. Once a week, at a scheduled time, we meet online to keep in contact with each other.  It makes me very happy to SEE they are well and adapting to this lockdown!  Honestly. Please reach out to those you love if you aren’t already.  Listening to music is also helpful.  Did you catch Andrea Bocelli’s 24-minute concert this weekend? Oh my!  Powerful music and the visuals of empty city streets in mid-day.  Amazing.  https://youtu.be/huTUOek4LgU

Here is a mood poem I am working on.  It should give you a feeling of drama and anticipation:

Dry Unwanted Parts

There is a pile
back by the fence
winters clippings cross stacked 

It waits.
     It waits–
for gas
for the snap of a match

The sky to scroll back
the dead to rise
the heavy unable to move
the thin blown like leaves


1) an observed joy- I’m feeling thankful for our city of givers.  People are generous and very helpful, they really are what a good neighbor should be.  I will not forget these months.

2) a real concern- Two of our apartments were undergoing renovations in February.  The pandemic has slowed the process as you can imagine.

3) a personal challenge- This week we are preparing packages of home cleaning supplies for our tenants that live in apartments, and expanding our shelter to house two more families while keeping to social distancing.  It is a challenge.  If we work hard we may have a total of 4 new spaces for 4 families who are experiencing homelessness available by the end of April.  We are a small non-profit, and this attempt feels BIG.  However, I have learned never to underestimate my co-worker’s abilities.  We are diverse and creative in our approach, resourceful, well connected and very focused.

4) one personal success (no matter how small)- Although there is much to do at work, I am learning to relax when it is time to relax. Guessing by the time I become a pro at this work from home thing, we will be back in the office. LOL

5) a random thought (no matter how silly)- Even though I am not considered a high-risk individual, I wish I could know if I had COVID-19 and possess the antibodies via the blood test.  Curiosity really.  However, I do not believe our local hospital or testing stations would like a body mucking around asking questions.  I’ll just stay at home.

Here is my mood today illustrated by a meme.  A visual example of how I felt entering a fresh new 2020 and (visually) how I may feel leaving it.
Take care of your beautiful self!  -Shannon


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Poem: Monday Night and I Missed the Last Bus

 

 

street light images

 

Monday Night and I Missed the Last Bus

 

Sure stepping down the long south slope behind the college

pitch black out, the on-coming cars blind me, for a long

second the sidewalk disappears, each car tests me

walking by faith I believe the ground is still there

 

Sideway-rain covers my glasses

At a crossing I’m touched by the beauty of a street lamp

Standing guard, burning amber on everything directly below:

the street, a bush, a hedge, a ornamental cherry tree dropping heavy

I grab my phone to take a photo, as soon as it touches the wet air, it dies.

 

Now I am an island.

walking through the sleeping suburbs

nose pointed home.