#ShelterInPoetry – Home front: Covid-19 times

Home front:  Covid-19 times.
Collected by Heidi Mordhorst #PoetryFriday for today’s #ShelterinPoetry
When I collect the plastic bag at the end of the drive, wearing a
plastic bag on my hand, and after I shake the daily news out of
said bag, I head straight for the important stuff. The funnies.
Sadly, few see funnies every day, these days. Have some here:
copyright 2020 Shakespeare on the Sound
copyright 2020 Shakespeare on the Sound http://www.shakespeareonthesound.org T.Y. to Michelle H. Barnes, for alerting me to this at your fb. page, shared by Stephen Burdman.)
Do you find joy from other artists such as poets, singer-songwriters.
I’m going now, back outside. Not way out in the world, but where I treasure
our luxury –  small, green, and growing yard. I follow shade in day. Find bright
Venus in the west at night. Soon it will be too Florida-hot to work outside.
Jan Godown Annino
Circus colors
clown faces
overeaters anonymous
you mesmerize me
a tent trick in my yard
leaf disappears into
chubby caterpillar
overnight, oval jewel
shelters crawly bug
paper flapper
a prayer that
no windshield
your orange wings
as we hope
no Covid-19
wall crushes our
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O for more bright spots for all, especially children, in contrast to angst.
My prayers and heartfelt wishes are for all who suffer,
no matter how hugely or minisculey in our world’s
Coronavirus 19 epidemic.
I think of the elderly, the disabled, the already-physically frail.
I applaud the Upstanders.
Teachers, caregivers, medical teams, #ThankHospitalHeroes, law enforcement,
emergency staff, essential service workers such as those who
haul off bins of excess we’ve wastefully created, appreciations
for food providers, and all their families –
whatever part of the network all helpers work in.
I think of life and death precipices for poor children,
some of whom are still being sexually trafficked during these
times. Crime hasn’t halted. It’s one of the issues industrious law
students with the FSU Public Interest Law Center work on daily.
And my hubby leads some of these brilliant students via
Zoom sessions in the LR. All the more reason for me to tip-toe outside.

It’s important to catch a smile when you can.

local buck-eye, gift plant of a dear neighbor

When you have a moment, what are your go-to smiles?

Good luck, wishes for healthy days and nights.

To sooth your Poetry Friday questions, it’s off to No Water River for you!


20 responses to “#ShelterInPoetry – Home front: Covid-19 times”

  1. Hello, Jan–with 50 blogs to comment on, it’s taking me some time (and extending my pleasure in Poetry Friday).

    So much to love here…and although I am not a fan of prayers in general (tending more towards action than supplication), my favorite lines are
    crawly bug
    paper flapper
    a prayer that
    no windshield
    your orange wings

    and the circus tent trick, of course. I always appreciate your singular voice!


    • hey there dear Heidi! appreciations for your hosting. and here at bookseedstudio we feel any time is groovy for a visit. especially when such kind words come knockin’ at our door.


  2. What a rich post, Jan! I love Wings with all the circus language–“tent trick” is brilliant! Here’s hoping for the butterflies and for all of us.


  3. One of my go-to smiles is certainly reading posts like this one, Jan! It was nice to see the Shakespeare hand washing instructions here. 🙂 My friend Stephen, who originally shared the post with me, runs NY Classical, a company that presents all-free productions of Shakespeare’s classics in public spaces throughout New York City. All free! You’ve got to wonder how companies like that are going to survive after this virus has finished with us. It’s a sad time, for sure. But thank you for bringing us your beautiful poem today and other joyful tidbits.


    • Hey hey wonderful Michelle. Your fb share first alerted me to this fun 20 seconds at the sink with Shakespeare. By the time I decided to share it here, I had lost my thread & am so glad to find it was from you, sharer of much goodness across the uni-verse. I think of you there in beautiful Gainesville & hope fresh air & spring signs abound. xox


  4. Thank you for these bright splashes of color and joy. I, too, find refuge in our yard where spring is unfurling–and we’re lucky enough to have a pond, too. Stay safe and well.


    • Oh golly, Kay. A fresh-water pond must be an oasis of emerging life at this time. So, exciting & yet calming within the same retreat. So glad to think of this. Appreciations!


  5. It’s been a fractured day, love reading everyone’s posts, but now preparing to make masks as we just got the order to wear them all the time when out. Your garden visit is a calm for me to see those beautiful striped babies about to take the leap. I love hearing all your cares for the world, Jan. I think of so many who are not, cannot, stay at home. Thanks much for the writing & best wishes to you & your husband!


  6. Leave it to you, Jan, to brighten our screen with humor, Shakespeare handwashing thoughts, and beautiful photography. Your Wing Poem is full of hope and I wish that you will consider offering this one and the photo for my Nature Nurtures Gallery. I couldn’t capture the poem and photo from my screen. It would need to be smaller print. Let me know. Stay well.


  7. Thank you for this post, Jan. You touch upon so many heartfelt topics. I love your photos, like taking us on a walk in your yard. I sent the Shakespeare 20-second image to my kids’ Shakespeare teacher. 🙂


    • Appreciations so much, Bridget.
      Strangely a positive from this epidemic time, with fewer cars (although not fewer hauling trucks or trains) speeding around this Spring,
      some of us are hopeful the butterflies will have more of a chance.
      And Happy Poetry Month 🙂


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