There’s a wonderful poem that’s been circulating on social media during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It’s often prefaced with these words:
History repeats itself. I came across this poem written in 1869, reprinted during the 1919 Pandemic.
This is Timeless…. It was written in 1869 by Kathleen O’Mara.
There’s only one problem, it’s not true.
The author of the poem is Kitty O’Meara. After Deepak Chopra shared it, the untitled poem went globally viral and made her the poet laureate of the current pandemic.
Kitty lives in Madison, Wisconsin, she’s retired, lives with her husband Phillip and they have five rescue dogs.
You can read the whole story in Oprah Magazine HERE
And Now You Know, The Rest of the Story
So, take a moment and enjoy this wonderful message, perfect for these times.
And people stayed at HOME
And read books, and listened, and rested,
and exercised, and made art, and played games
And learned new ways of being, and were still,
And listened more deeply,
Some meditated, some prayed, some
danced, some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of
people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless
and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people
joined together again, they grieved their losses,
and made new choices, and dreamed new
images, and created new ways to live and heal
the earth fully, as they had been HEALED.
Kitty adds that we all have gifts. It’s a good reminder that whatever your gifts are, and however small they may be to keep using them. This is a really good time for that.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
-Saint Francis of Assisi