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Great Love

“Where there is great love there are always miracles.” – Willa Cather

Great love overflows from my heart

with faith in a miracle divine

today I believe I saw a sign

in the middle of a crisp blue sky

A cloud morphed into a heart

and mine started beating wild.

The Lord answered my prayer

with a sweet whisper.

what pandemic misery looks like

Feeling a little depressed.

No word about the funding.

Ashamed of how leaders are acting.

The numbers of the dead keep augmenting.

so many are lamenting

¿Qué será? ¿Qué será?

I had the weirdest dream last night

and this drawing emerged from my plight

and something whispered in my ear

Look at what misery looks like,

And I believe it’s true.

Is this what it looks like to you?

“Only vegetables are happy”

William Faulkner wrote “People need trouble – A little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. Artist do… only vegetables are happy.”

I thought about the last sentence in that quote and it served as inspiration for the following silly poem.

Only vegetables are happy.

I wondered, how would they know.

For that matter, how would we know?

How would it show?

Would cucumbers be sweeter somehow?

Is broccoli more pleased

simply by being greener?

Frankly, I don’t really care

if vegetables are happy or not.

l happen to love the lot.

So for the record

I write and am happy most of the time;

especially when my vegetables are roasted in a kabob, or

sprinkled with a little salt and pepper or simply stirred fried.

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Wow! Democracy does work!

We witnessed democracy work on our televisions. What a relief. I hope we are ready to heal now.

I wrote this poem in commemoration of today’s historical process.

Lady Liberty smiled again today.

She knows we will survive the craze.

The Empire State Building stood even taller somehow.

Many of us in awe of our democracy sighed in relief

The country can now begin to restore its traditional belief

that after an election, we stand strong and together with whomever wins.

America matters, we all want it to thrive.

We must work together for our constitution to survive.

Today’s rain may represent the tears of joy

we so needed to shed.

Enough is enough of the fear and the dread.

It is time to be grateful for Science and the Grace of God instead.

We witnessed many receive the first vaccines to abolish COVID 19

Today hope was revived

Our country’s soul has been redeemed.

Sadly, the count of the dead has reached a milestone.

So it is up to us that their deaths will not be in vain.

Let us ring the bells of freedom and brotherly love.

And May God bless America now and forever

from the heavens above.

a flight full of hope

Today, we will witness the deployment of the long awaited vaccine to hopefully save the lives of many Americans. The mission to get scientists to find a vaccine that would be safe, effective and accepted has been a successful endeavor. We need to be grateful to science; we need to show respect for the knowledge of epidemiology experts. We have them remedy that will finally get us and the whole world back on track. There is probably a lot more to be done because we may need to refine the vaccine if other similar viruses hit us. This all happened so very rapidly. Some say that faster than for any other vaccine or drug developed before in our history.

I am fascinated by how quickly beautiful minds came together to meet the challenge of this deadly virus. They say that of course there will be side effects. It may not be viable for some folks to get vaccinated for now, like for example, pregnant women and children under the age of sixteen may not get vaccinated now. But the hope is that the distribution will be equitable and fair.

We need to keep hanging on to hope for total recovery on all levels. But in the meantime, and while the vaccine is able to reach all of us, we need to continue to be wise. We must continue to use masks, social distance and practice healthy and logical measures like washing our hands. We can do this.

I am so grateful for the vaccine. However, I have a Hanukkah and Christmas wish. I want there to be a WARP speed investment to help all those suffering from the horrible side effects of the pandemic. Our economy needs a transfusion to revive it. People are suffering especially children. Congress and the Senate need to work to get a stimulus package together. Show empathy please. It has not gone out of fashion yet. Enough is enough of the selfish motivations that ruled the last few years. Get to work please.

Attached to my wish is the wish that scientists, big and powerful PHRMA, philanthropists, get together and start a mission to get cures for other deadly diseases like Cancer, diabetes and other disabling and potentially deadly diseases that have plagued us for decades. We have made some advances but most of them are also very profitable for some folks. It seems to me that sometimes not enough energy and hurricane force speed has been applied to finding cures and instead we have conformed to receiving maintenance via poisonous drugs, submitting our bodies humiliating testing procedures and accepting one size fits all type of therapies.

Therefore, while I am grateful and hopeful for this vaccine for COVID 19. I want more people to ask themselves why can’t the same be done for other illnesses. I want us to question why medicines have to be so expensive in our country? Ask yourself why science is not more of a priority subject in our education system, so we end up with the very best medical professional, scientists and researchers.

And as the famous chef Jose Andres expressed during a recent CNN interview with Fareed Zakaria, we need to make feeding all people our priority. I remember the book, We Are What We Eat. We should have a way of making sure that our people are educated about diet and healthy lifestyles to keep our bodies as illness free as possible. Let us all think about it as a common good for all. The fast food industry must be scrutinized, more investments should be made to make out food healthier. We must support farmers and make sure huge amounts of produce are not dumped. We must address climate change. Only education, and a healthy and honest conversation about our collective survival as a society will effect the change we need. The United States has always been the leader at so many levels. Let us continue to follow paths that will help us regain that status. Do you not see how we are all connected? God bless America.

To all my friends on WordPress, my readers, and everyone out there, stay safe and God bless.

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Will most of us be able to live with the lessons of 2020?

My response to this question is, I know I will try.

What are the lessons we will need to live with?

Have we understood that the power of human love is pure?

Love matters and trumps all emotions.

Love permeates everything.

Love heals old wounds.

Love is more powerful than hate.

Love dissolves everything that is ugly and not pure.

Love aids and helps to the bring order and peace.

All of us possess the power of love within us.

It doesn’t cost anything to give and spread.

This Pandemic caused pandemonium;

but it brought people together

It made us listen to the struggles of others;

it shrunk our egos.

But, some decided to abuse power instead;

as if the brain had escaped from their heads.

Hour by hour,

death was ignored,

and instead money and power was adored.

All of nature spoke and rallied to instruct

But lack of knowledge allowed ignorance to destruct.

It is true, in a world of so much change

there must be gain and loss

but we lacked, we could not find

the leaders we could trust.

Endless deception without rejection from the ones

who had the power to do so.

No practice of the golden rule.

Too many preferred to be absolute fools.

Following untruths and narcissistic desires.

Do not forget we as The People

still have the control

to make things right

and get back in the fight

to revive our democracy

and redeem our soul

as a society

as a nation,

of the free and

where justice

will prevail for all.

Let us live the lesson,

Let love be our guide.

My hate/love relationship with 2020

Never thought I would say

that any year or even the month of May

would make me so sad

and would make me so mad.

Past years have come and gone

and I was indifferent to their transition,

except of course for the years

That I hated with fervor,

where love was lost,

and when the the people

I loved the most

passed or parted forever.

I actually started loving 2020;

simply because a New Year

means hope is plenty.

I promised myself it would be a good year

to fulfill some of my bucket list dreams

Filling my life with many a cheer.

Even at my age I felt like I could start anew.

But Dreams were shattered when

A Pandemic invaded

about which too few of us knew what to do.

All dreams deferred and seemed to be in vain.

the horror of racism, hatred and mistrust

was yet another fatal kind of virus and full of disdain,

that beat my heart with a powerful thrust.

We all complied with the regulations

that were laid out for COVID 19

for all of us to be safe,

some refused and called it a hoax – which was a big mistake.

All emotion came with tears,

hauling an angry shout.

Then in October of this horrid year,

the terror grew even more.

A premonition, a deep sadness infused my soul

like never before.

Not even walking among the colorful foliage of Fall

that always brought me so much joy to see

could I conjure up happiness or at peace be.

I could only see the dark

and question life’s cruelty,

the unfairness of it all.

And as Emily did many times in her poems,

”The horror I felt deep in my heart

I could not tell to none”

so I tried to sing an auria instead.

A dear friend concerned for me

taught me to pray once again

and helped me cope with the deepest pain

no parent wants to feel.

Only God’s miracle, mercy and grace

could put at ease the fear and forever erase.

So now I try to keep hope alive

although my heart seems like

it is still,

I wait very patiently;

for a sign from the divine,

I know and trust it will only be a matter of time.

All will be well again,

2020 brought much hurt and pain.

The great thing is, it is not here to stay.

And in 23 days it will go away,

And never ever be again.

Maximize your life

Maximize your one and only life.

We only are given one, you know.

However, be vigilant of the Plan;

designed for only you,

during your terrestrial stay.

Maximize your life today.

Each day will be a gift.

Although you may not recognize the lift.

Wait quietly and still;

Careful of every step you make;

Mindful of every breath you take.

Until your life’s purpose is fulfilled.

Maximize your life.

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