A Change of Heart

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.
~Robert Frost “Dust of Snow”

All those with whom I speak these days
wish things could be different~
nothing feels right, rights feel like nothing,
everyone sadly angry and angrily sad.

Friends no longer speaking to friends,
families divided,
opinions expressed and dismissed.

This virus is doing more damage
than it was ever designed to do.
It simply wants to replicate itself,
yet along with its RNA,
we have allowed it to sow
discord, distrust, discouragement
into our cells as well.

There is no vaccine
for the stubbornness of heart
ailing us now;
we resist protective measures,
act as if all is normal
when a quarter million are dead
and more are dying.

This infection of the spirit
will far outlast the virus
by spreading through the generations,
eroding relationships, splitting human bonds,
and withering our love for one another.

4 thoughts on “A Change of Heart

  1. Emily, your term, ‘infection of the spirit,’ summed in your last paragraph, says it all!
    The known and still unknown damage to present life, in our genetic structure and thus in our continuing existence in
    our nation and in the worldwide society, can never fully be known. It is totally beyond human capability.
    If we still cannot (or refuse to) portend the outcome of our situation now and then, we need to be on our knees in prayer and
    supplication to THE ONLY ONE who knows all — saves all – who has the power and the loving compassion to save us (once again) from our folly and
    our determined ignorance in the way that it is we who consistently dangerously assume to have all the answers….

    Thank you for your prophetic words today.

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  2. As always, spoken well – into the situation and the spirit.
    After I read it, I thought again…The 24/7 news cycle and social media are a big factor in where we are today in the middle of this great divide. Social media is actually controlling our minds. Have you seen Social Delemma?

    I’m sitting here watching my dad on a video call eating his lunch at a Short Term Rehab. Last Thursday he went to the ER and was diagnosed with pancreatitis. He recovered from that, but is now very weak and has to put forth much effort to regain his strength and independence. Can he do it at 98???

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  3. Saint James tells us: “Those who bear well the trials of life will win the crown of glory that God has prepared for us all.”

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