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During Covid-19
Signe Eklund Schaefer


Crocuses open
gold and purple
through pointy thin leaves
surviving late March snows.
Wisely the buds
close to evening chills
sheltering in place
until the warming sun returns.

We too draw in
within these darking days
while an invisible foe
crowned with timely fears
silently lurks.
We self-isolate
social distancing from friends
on our daily walks.

But my heart
does not do social distance.
It reaches round the world
embracing and connecting
feeling the distress
the worry of so many
and touching the ones I love.

From our gentle home
we zoom through virtual space
to laugh with smiling children
to ask even strangers
How are you… really?
We weep at Odes to Joy
on social media
each musician all alone
yet playing magic together.

We read weighty words
of concern, advice, lament.
Mornings we rise through heavy veils
into each recurring present day
remembering the work of love
separate and connected.

We watch outside the window
the slowly greening grass.


© by Signe Eklund Schaefer.
Used with the author’s permission.



Signe Eklund Schaefer's articles and poems have appeared in several anthologies and journals and she is the author of four books, most recently, I Give You My Word - Women’s Letters as Life Support, 1973-1987. Signe has lived and taught in many different countries, always pondering the mysteries of human life and development. Now retired, she has rediscovered the joy of inviting poems to express daily moments and memories. Signe lives in western Massachusetts with her husband of more than 50 years.






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Beautiful and uplifting poem. How special to read something like this as we journey through this dark time.
Posted 04/06/2020 08:50 PM
Lori Levy:
Especially like the way this poem opens and ends.
Posted 04/06/2020 03:12 PM
A perfect uplifting poem for today.
Posted 04/06/2020 03:02 PM
Excellent �occasional� poem, for a global ongoing occasion.
Posted 04/06/2020 11:30 AM
Wilda Morris:
Beautiful poem, perfect for this occasion.
Posted 04/06/2020 10:57 AM
Jean Colonomos-1:
a beautiful weave of words during this difficult time
Posted 04/06/2020 10:48 AM
Social contacting with poetry.
Posted 04/06/2020 10:25 AM
Cathy’s Sister:
So much of this poem resonates with me, especially �we zoom through virtual space�. Our church uses zoom for our worship services.
Posted 04/06/2020 10:09 AM
�Mornings we rise through heavy veils...� says it all. Captures our times so well.
Posted 04/06/2020 09:34 AM
michael escoubas:
Really like your craftsmanship, Signe, the way you weave nature and Covid-19 into memorable strands of poetry.
Posted 04/06/2020 09:13 AM
sadly uplifting...beautiful words..
Posted 04/06/2020 09:00 AM
Larry Schug:
The metaphor in the first verse is stunning. Beautiful.
Posted 04/06/2020 08:22 AM
Even the buds shelter-in-place made me smile along with the rest of the hope-filled tone of your poem. Thank you, Randy
Posted 04/06/2020 07:19 AM

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