When this is over

A poem by Laura Kelly Fanucci is going viral for all the right reasons.

“The words came to me in the middle of the night,” she told Caller Times. “Our youngest child is only 3 weeks old so I’m up with him at all hours. Everything feels darker and more frightening at night, so I started wondering what small good I could offer to people as a writer. Since then, it took on a life of its own. I’ve simply been sitting back and watching. Hoping it offers people some hope and comfort in such an anxious time.”

Here is the poem:

“When this is over, may we never again take for granted…

A handshake with a stranger

Full shelves at the store

Conversations with neighbors

A crowded theater

Friday night out

The taste of communion

A routine checkup

The school rush each morning

Coffee with a friend

The stadium roaring

Each deep breath

A boring Tuesday

Life itself.

When this ends, may we find…

That we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay
that way — better
for each other
because of the worst.”


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