Poetry Break: Claudia Ricci – All is Well

By: Claudia Ricci, Ph.D.

 

 

Yes, all is well, in spite of the heartbreaking misery that is upon us.

The sky is still blue. The sun is still rising.

The ground is still frozen.

 

Until days from now, it thaws.

 

We are all doing our part, sitting six feet away from each other

 

Dear God, THOUSANDS ARE IN THEIR GRAVES ALREADY

 

Steady now. Don’t try too hard to fathom why

the world is so fragile and fraught.

 

Were I a miracle maker,

I would

HEAL THE SICK.

CARE FOR THE UNEMPLOYED.

FEED THE HUNGRY.

 

We need help. We need flowers and sunshine and

 

we need each other.

 

Surely though we can weather this isolation.

 

As long as we in every moment

go back to the breath and feeling

 

the feeling right inside the body.

 

God is born there.

 

And instantly you will be stricken

with all the love you can handle.

 

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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