“A poem is the very image of life expressed in its eternal truth.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Respect for the Supply Chain

Few would survive well
if links in the supply chain
worsened even more.

even in easier times,
the chain sustains us.

Providers include
farmers and fabricators
using transporters.

For optimal reach,
controlling the flow of goods
needs deft management.

Support system strength
buoys chain effectiveness,
its efficiency.

Respect then extends to:
those giving needed support.
A long list follows.

Health, fuel, housing,
schooling, employers, news folk,
customer service.

Charity pantries,
mail, cashiers, homes of worship,
clerks, warehouse workers.

Likely I have missed
links in the vast supply chain.
It is that complex.

All contribute to
providing and consuming,
hopefully in sync.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Competing Expectations of Stay-at-Home

We have all this time
crying to be productive.
Or we could ease up.

In recovery
from a traumatic event,
downtime may be key.

Covid's lockdown could
qualify as a trauma
to normal living.

Disrupted routines.
death tolls, lost jobs, displaced kids
call for adjustment.

Feeling unsettled
can overwhelm simple tasks
into inaction.

Public service plus
family obligations
may take precedence.

Otherwise let us
tone down grand expectations.
We need time to mend.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Together in This Live Experiment

magnitude of disruption
hides cloaked in unknowns.

Uncertainty rules.
Dense fog conceals the guideposts
aiding direction.

Trapped unwillingly
in this live experiment,
we adapt to live.

Survival coded
into humanity's drive
favors the fittest.

A growing number
strained by struggles to endure
likely still need help.

Wisdom may elude
leaders caught in the shock waves
of deep upheaval.

We the people though
can embrace the best within
and rise up in strength.

For the greater good,
kindness, mercy, and giving
could rise to the fore.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Facing My Fears

As I contemplate
this fierce global pandemic, 
questions need answers.

Will I get Covid?
Or could it slay a loved one?
Vulnerable state.

Though lacking symptoms,
have I been struck already
but do not yet know?

Without full testing,
with whom can I meet safely?
Am I locked in fear?

Will this ordeal end?
When and at what cost to all
life as we knew it?

History suggests
we will move on from this scourge,
but at a steep cost.