We all waited to come through
The sudden darkness of 2020.
Eager for a new year which would end
The plague felt by many.
Yet, the future is still unknown,
Even though the hope seems certain.
I do not long to see the end of 2020.
There was much learned through the
Adversity and different changes which
Steam-rolled into the present as we know it.
I saw the homeless and the hungry given food
By the man with little to spare.
And I saw the woman embrace her spouse whom
She had not paused to hold in a while.
I saw the children struggle to learn amidst a virtual setting
With teachers who knew as much as their students,
Yet they both learned to understand together.
I saw the parents with little knowledge teach their children
The art of learning through a struggle to live.
Then there was the business owner who realized his staff
Were worth much more than he could ever have paid before
And I saw the doctors and nurses dig deeper
Than they thought possible to multiply themselves and unavailable resources.
Giving bucket loads of miracles prayed for by many.
I saw shortages but an alternative for those in need.
I saw fear and sadness
I saw resilience and creativity.
I saw strangers praying online for each other
On a platform many did not know but learned.
And I saw the world stop, unite and love
As only seen in the movies.
The entire world fell to its knees, or rather
Tilted on its axis hoping not to topple over.
Forgive me, that I will not mourn,
Or rejoice the end of 2020.
I will pray that the lessons we all learned
We earned appreciation for
And humanity’s gains will not be ignored.
Moving into the next year, I hope
We will not leave the riches of 2020 behind
As you step into the next year,
Please take with you all you can hold
Do not leave behind your lessons
My thoughts in prose.
Thank you for being on this journey with me, and I trust you and your family are safe and happy in whatever part of the world you reside. Appreciate and grateful for our time a look forward to much more for 2021.
In peace always!