I’ll not soon forget that day;
a cruel virus stood in our way.
Schools emptied; homes filled,
teachers taught online.
Parents; instant homeschool teachers,
When we all went home.
Covid sprang up in our world’s four corners;
no one knew what to do.
We donned homemade masks, bought all the tp;
sanitizing the best that we knew.
Living rooms were Sunday’s churches,
When we all stayed home.
Workers lost jobs as businesses closed.
Family members were even lost too.
Graduations cancelled; weddings put on hold.
The monstrous virus; what sadness it imposed.
Spectator sports exchanged for dark screens,
When the world stayed home.
Creativity skyrocketed; teachers led parades;
cars honked horns; arms held signs;
cheering kids of all grades.
Heavenly choirs stirred our hearts through zoom,
while musicians shook us from our gloom.
As we watched from home.
Police cars rounded hospitals; sirens and horns shouting thanks.
Kids visited grandmas through windows;
novel air hugs for people; all ranks.
Patients isolated; no visitors allowed
it’s enough to bring us to tears.
As we all learned from home.
Happy kangaroos hopped through the city;
penguins waddled in African streets.
Those animals didn’t know to what they were privy.
Earth’s pollution plunged like the New Year’s ball.
People picnicked under trees on green lawns.
Because, you see, all the cars stayed home.
God’s image shone brightly in humans;
sacrificial kindness was shown.
New heroes were honored; doctors, nurses
grocery store workers,
housekeeping staffs kept the virus away.
They couldn’t go home.
How have we changed since time’s slowed down?
Has our family’s bond grown stronger ?
Have we come together to pray for each other?
In our new space; lingered in God’s word longer?
Is hope really stronger than fear?
Are we glad to be at home?
What novel ideas will novel virus birth?
What words, music, books, art of great worth?
What new ventures, new food,
new guests around my table?
There’s truly no place like home.