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Sunday, April 12, 2020


by Scott C. Kaestner

A novel virus, a deadly mystery
we’re all reading together

doctors, politicians, economists
nurses, cooks, and clerks

cashiers, truckers, teachers
each and every one of us

learning on the fly, adjusting
trying to grasp our new reality

mutative existence exhausting
our ability to cope with it

the story changes, the mystery grows
amid our perpetual Groundhog Day

we see the shadow of death looming
it’s hard to see the sun in the dark

but it’s still there, rising every day
shining light into our lives

whether or not we choose to see it
let the light guide us through the shadows

illuminate darkness with love and unity
the belief that together we can

solve this mystery, together we can
mend broken hearts, together we can

heal the wounds, together we can
rebuild the world with the light

alive in all of us, together we can
know we’re all in this together

and one day this virus won’t be so novel
and one day this mystery will be solved

it will be a story of rebirth
together we will walk onward

into a future we found together
thanks to the light inside us all.

Scott C. Kaestner is a Los Angeles poet, writer, dad, husband, and is in need of a good moisturizer for his overwashed hands. Google ‘scott kaestner poetry’ to peruse his musings and doings.