To rise again tomorrow

I blocked my ears, so as not to hear the bells toll on and on

And covered my eyes so as not to see

The long, long procession

of army jeeps and freezer trucks

Carrying precious cargo

No graveside prayers, no “dust to dust”

As contagion cancelled all tradition

No floral bouquets, no wreaths of green

Or hymns sang loud and clearly

No eulogy, no words at all

Save those whispered in anguished voice imprisoned

By grieving souls in isolation

So, bless these bodies, God, we pray

And bring us consolation

For loved ones gone

For those left behind

Who grieve without help or closure

It’s been one hundred years or more

Since our world’s seen such calamity

Or felt so deeply forsaken

We need you now, more than ever, Lord

Please hasten to our aid

Please dry these bitter tears

And If I may prevail, dear God,

Protect us from all fears

Renew our weakened faith,

And lend to us your powerful strength

To rise again tomorrow

13 thoughts on “A poem to honor those who have died from the Corona virus and a prayer for strength

    1. After seeing so many heart breaking images from around the world I had to do something with the grief it was summoning in me, and I’m sure in countless others. I cannot imagine how difficult (to say the least) it must be to lose a loved one and not even be able to be with family members to mourn the loss.

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    1. Thank you – I tried to make sure the heading would be a warning – I know these are terribly solemn and sad times, but it is how I exorcise my own feelings which have been overwhelmed by news from around the world.

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