Birds fly high above
the darkening world below—
It’s time to come home!
sunlight quickly vanishes
from the horizon. ~ms
All around the world, people are being ordered to stay home to avoid contact with a novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This virus is highly contagious and spreading fast. Healthcare workers are now facing dangerous conditions, courageously risking their own lives to help others who are sick.
Because Covid-19 is a new virus of dubious origin, no one seems to know exactly how bad it will get or how long it will last. ‘Non-essential’ businesses have been shut down in hopes of slowing the spread of the virus, but how many weeks will companies and their employees be able to survive with no income? Not long! Suddenly fear, panic, chaos, and confusion everywhere! What is happening? Life changed so quickly. I’m worried.
I keep reminding myself that there is always a powerful bright light shining behind dark clouds. But then, I hear more negative news — more people infected; more people dying — and I am upset again.
I do realize that it is extremely unhealthy to be stressed-out all of the time. So today, I decided to wander back through old 2014 photos to a warm summer day on Chincoteague Island, Virginia (2014). As I started my virtual walk through familiar images of wildlife, sand, sea, and sunsets—life began to feel normal again!
On seashell covered sand
going nowhere and everywhere,
my thoughts easily travel
on the earth beneath my feet!
I am free to remember
sounds of waves breathing—
sighing into sand,
while seagulls calmly walk
through foaming waters.
I enjoy the sight
of a sand castle fortress
(or cake with stick candles?)
that the sea can not reclaim.
And ah….what a surprise!
Nibbling on something green while sitting in white sand,
behold a real beach bunny (without a bikini).
Since I have always been a little “directionally challenged,” the position of the bird in the next photo always makes me smile.
If you ever see a sign that says
“HEAD IN PARKING ONLY”
and you don’t know what it means,
follow this bird’s example and park sideways.
I also saw a tall, majestic bird while walking through the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on that summer day. He didn’t seem to be concerned about my presence, and stood still long enough for me to take a picture. After I returned home, I searched the internet and came to the conclusion that I had just had the honor of meeting a “Great Blue Heron.”
The most comforting image of all
standing high above the trees below,
a symbol of protection and hope
in the darkness of a storm—
Within these photos
I have happily wandered for hours
high above the panic and fear
in this darkening world.
But now, it’s getting late.
The sun is setting once again
and another day is ending.
Reluctantly I bring my mind back to the present time, back home to 2020.
I know my husband is still watching the TV downstairs, because I can hear the familiar voices on the 24/7 news arguing about COVID-19. They repeatedly ask who is to blame for this pandemic, how did it get out of control, how many are sick, how many will die–and on and on. Why do they rarely mention those who have recovered? Why do they offer no hope? The constant negativity is demoralizing.
To make matters worse, the 24/7 news often introduces their ominous updates with the equivalent of horror movie music. Why are they doing this? Is this extra musical ‘fear mongering’ necessary? I don’t think so. Stop! People are being paralyzed by FEAR!
While I was writing —
I realized that I have been on WordPress for almost 8 years now (since May 2012). During this time, I have enjoyed reading through all of the various posts. Through pictures and stories that other writers have shared, I have virtually traveled to places that I would never have seen or experienced otherwise. Thank you.
Now, during this indeterminate time of isolation and separation, everyone please stay well and stand strong! With all of my heart and soul, I pray that life eventually returns to the way it was before it fell 6 feet apart!