And people stayed home: A 1869 poem

Poem by Kathleen O'Meera 
      (Written in 1869)


                   And People Stayed Home,'

And people stayed home
and read books and listened
and rested and exercised
and made art and played
and learned new ways of being
and stopped
and listened deeper
someone meditated
someone prayed
someone danced
someone met their shadow
and people began to think differently
and people healed
and in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways,
dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
even the earth began to heal
and when the danger ended
and people found each other
grieved for the dead people
and they made new choices
and dreamed of new visions
and created new ways of life
and healed the earth completely
just as they were healed themselves.

 Most appropriate poetry to post in these days of pandemic . Poem bespeaks of all negatives and positives in the same breath and heralds old golden days are going to be back here.

*Received by email from Ex-RBite Vathsala Jayaraman, Chennai

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