Poetry Break: COVID – 19: WHAT TO DO NEXT!? by Claudia Ricci

By: Claudia Ricci, Ph. D.

Poetry Break: COVID – 19: WHAT TO DO NEXT!? by Claudia Ricci
Handmade sign by Claudia Ricci’s daughter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOP TEXTING.

STOP PHONING.

STOP FACETIMING.

STOP SKYPING AND ZOOMING.

STOP POSTING ON INSTAGRAM.

STOP BUYING TOILET PAPER, EGGS AND MILK.

STOP BEING SCARED.

STOP ALL OF IT.

AS MY DAUGHTER’S HANDMADE SIGN

SUGGESTS:

JUST SURRENDER!

The world isn’t going to end today or tomorrow.

Oh, sure, maybe someday it will end, but what does it help

STOP WORRYING!

STOP HURRYING OUT.

Just stop and look at the beautiful snowflakes falling outside the window.

Breathe slowly.

Go nowhere but inside your heart. Stay there for a few minutes sending love to every single person you can think of.

Even those people you really don’t like. AT ALL!

As you mourn your job, and so much else that is lost,

remember, often,

that in the end there is nowhere at all to go or to get to

and there’s an eternity of time to do it.

BEGIN AGAIN

Moment after moment.

Keep coming back to yourself. Your heart beating. Your kitten breath.

PRAY FOR ALL OF THOSE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING AND DYING TODAY.

SEND THEM COMFORT. BUNDLES OF LOVE AND KINDNESS.

SAY THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR BLESSINGS.

AND NOW FOR CHRISSAKES

JUST STOP WRITING 

JUST

SIT.

 

Bio: Claudia Ricci, Ph.D.

claudia ricci Ph.D. Monthly Contributor at Two Drops of Ink Marilyn l davisClaudia Ricci, Ph.D., was a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and a prize-winning reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, where one of her projects was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Her novels include:

  • Dreaming Maples, published in 2002, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize
  • Seeing Red, January 2011
  • Sister Mysteries, July 2018

Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines nationwide.

Ricci spent 15 years teaching English and journalism at the University at Albany and was a visiting professor for one year at Georgetown University.

To order her novels, visit her website at www.claudiajricci.com

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