People have experienced so many losses this year: Huge losses, including jobs, loved ones and lives, and things such as gatherings, hugs and routines. Some people appear to have weathered quarantines and shelter-in-place orders by learning new languages, training for marathons and purchasing puppies. But those of you who found yourselves looking for a reason to leave the comfort of your beds, whose greatest accomplishment was finishing a few good shows on Netflix (we are currently on Season 5 of Schitt’s Creek), have also achieved something important. However you have survived 2020, I hope this speaks to you.
Spirit lies fallow.
Laid bare to wind and rain,
To be nothing.
Beneath the surface,
Cracks where roots once thrived.
Above, once-green leaves, flowers
Turned to brown.
One day soon,
Tiny, tender shoots will
Stretch tendrils through the dirt,
A new day.