There is no way to write what is really in my mind tonight.  I’ve tried – two deleted essays and a poem that won’t finish.

Poems have a life of their own.  They only come out when they are ready.  You can’t force them, just like you can’t force the expression feelings.  Sometimes they come when called and sometimes unexpectedly.

I sit in my house watching a tectonic shift taking place in the world.  Fear grips many, some see hope emerging, and some sew face masks.  Heather sent 20 to the hospital today.

The question and the answer I want to give is elusive.  It’s like a fly in the garden, there one moment and gone the next.

At my marquetry bench I slowly cut flowers into the background of a clock.

At the keyboard I wrestle with words.

In the kitchen I miss that there are mushrooms for the pizza.

Part of surviving these times is just doing as many normal things as possible.

Part of these times is how you face the world and the unknown.

I’d like to think I can face it with grace and courage.

Sadly, I often fall short and the poem remains a tangled mass of thread.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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33 Responses to Change

  1. Geri Lawhon says:

    Amongst all the cloudiness, your point still came through loud and clear. Thanks

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  2. Despite all, that was poetic.

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  3. It sounds as though your poem is imitating life at the moment. All will straighten out eventually…

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  4. Terry says:

    I know the feeling. I’ve got one on escaping covid nearly ready

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  5. George says:

    All our minds are a mess right now. Hang in there.

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  6. This new reality harks back to my early days when I struggled to make ends meet, when I did without because I didn’t have the money. I always thought I’d get through it (ah, those crazy days of youth) and I still do. We’ll all adapt. What’s the alternative?

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  7. As many of us attempt to stay safe and flatten the curve, it is a new normal for us. Especially for those of us who have healthcare workers in our family. Our daughter is a nurse at a hospital with covid-19 patients. In order to protect us (her parents past age 60), she is not only self-isolating from us, but also our granddaughter (who we provide child care for while her mama works) is now living with us. That’s our new normal.

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  8. Take care of yourself and your family. Stay safe!

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  9. jfwknifton says:

    Don’t worry. It will pass and things will get back to normal.

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  10. The only palatable way to deal with this – I think – is resignation; to accept the cards as they are dealt. Be well, and stay safe, Andrew (it’s becoming a mantra now, isn’t it?).

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  11. Donna Chang says:

    I can totally relate. So many of us are experiencing what you so beautifully have expressed.

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  12. Hello Andrew, I am seeing a lot of posts about creatives who are unable to write at the moment. I think it is an inability to focus as anxiety overlays everything like a glaze. It has not stopped me writing or creating, for which I am grateful. I am hoping this will pass and I will have finished my book and made good use of the time available to me as a result of this shut down.

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  13. Many of us are facing this horrible pandemic with crippling fear. For some of us it destroys our creativity. Very sad state we are in.

    Please take good care of yourself and your loved ones. This will pass.

    Be well.

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  14. Duane Carter says:

    I think I just read a great poem….

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