Lockdown – The birds are singing

People, Lockdown poem 1

Here we are wondering what nature will confront us with next. Are we prepared?

In these times of uncertainty it’s nice to know that there are still some things we can fall back on when confusion seems to be all around.  One of them is the inspiration that nature is able to stir within the human spirit.  Here’s a contribution to keep us on an even keel, forwarded from our colleagues at Natural Transitions …

Listen, The Birds Are Singing!
  A Message of Love and Hope from Ireland
on Saint Patrick’s Day 
March 17, 2020
Shared from all of us at Natural Transitions,
during these times when we all need reminders of the good in our world.

Song bird     


by Br. Richard Hendrick,
priest-friar of the Irish branch of the Capuchin Franciscan Order.

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.  
Yes there is panic buying.  
Yes there is sickness.  
Yes there is even death.  
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise  
You can hear the birds again.  
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet  
The sky is no longer thick with fumes  
But blue and grey and clear.  
They say that in the streets of Assisi  
People are singing to each other  
Across the empty squares,  
Keeping their windows open  
So that those who are alone  
May hear the sounds of family around them.  
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland  
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.  
Today a young woman I know  
Is busy spreading fliers with her number  
Through the neighbourhood  
So that the elders may have someone to call on.  
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples  
Are preparing to welcome  
And shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary  
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting  
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a New way  
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality 
To how big we really are.  
To how little control we really have.  
To what really matters.  
To Love.  
So we pray and we remember that  
Yes there is fear.  
But there does not have to be hate.  
Yes there is isolation.  
But there does not have to be loneliness.  
Yes there is panic buying.  
But there does not have to be meanness.  
Yes there is sickness.  
But there does not have to be disease of the soul  
Yes there is even death.  
But there can always be a rebirth of love.  
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.  
Today, breathe.  
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic  
The birds are singing again  
The sky is clearing,  
Spring is coming,  
And we are always encompassed by Love.  
Open the windows of your soul  
And though you may not be able  
To touch across the empty square,  
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