Title: Surviving COVID

Tell nurses "You may rest."
Tell teachers "You matter."
Tell Door Dashers "You are the best."
Tell the unemployed "Do not shatter."

Tell everyone "Be safe."
Tell priests "Pray strong."
Ask the grave digger “Might you sing
my loved one their favorite song?"

Thank the sun for dawning.
Thank the morning dew for good health.
Thank the ease of yawning
while admiring birds
fly on to something else.

Count the lives you have lived.
Count the memories you have saved.
Count the movies you have enjoyed
with Chris Farley and David Spade.

Wherever you are

embrace that present power
compelling a new way.
Embrace this very hour
for the good it can be made.
Nyah Vanterpool from South Dakota