Others have said this before but it is worth a reminder:
When you go out and see
the empty streets,
the empty stadiums,
the empty train platforms,
don’t say to yourself, “It looks like the end of the world.”
What you’re seeing is love in action.
What you’re seeing, in that negative space,
is how much we do care for each other,
for our grandparents,
for our immuno-compromised brothers and sisters
for people we will never meet.
People will lose jobs over this.
Some will lose their businesses.
And some will lose their lives.
All the more reason to take a moment,
when you’re out on your walk,
or on your way to the store,
or just watching the news,
to look into the emptiness
and marvel at all that love.
Let it fill you and sustain you.
It isn’t the end of the world.
It is the most remarkable act
of global solidarity
we may ever witness.
Brian J Alcorn, 17 March
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