maybe we’ll see food shortages
from panicked people with ample freezer storage
and money to spare
Maybe in two months or three,
my husband and I will have trouble paying the mortgage.
Maybe I will lose my disability benefits
amid my current re-evaluation.
Maybe my husband will be stuck in CA
for longer than we have planned.
Maybe this social distancing
and stay-at-home approach
is only in its infancy.
Maybe it will be months
before I can hug my friends again.
Maybe my current enjoyment
of solitude and quietude on the home front
will turn sour and hellish in another 2-weeks.
Maybe our country and global landscape
will never be the same.
In fact: it won’t be. It never is.
Maybe this is what Rilke meant when he said:
you must change your life.*
Maybe this is the shaking up we need
to be shown what is most important.
– penned on March 24th, 2020; *I lifted this line from Mary Oliver’s poem Invitation
Close to home
Stay close to home.
Yes, your actual dwelling place,
where you lay head to pillow each night
but also your true home,
the place you carry with you
wherever you go.
Stay closer than you think
might be possible.
And when at long last
you reach that spot of communion,
linger here a while;
breathe from the depths
of your own Grand Canyon;
and with a gentle shutter,
draw closer in.
– penned on March 22nd, 2020