A Poem for the Way We Live Now

AND THE PEOPLE STAYED HOME

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

-Kitty O’Meara

This hopeful and beautiful poem, written by a retired Wisconsin school teacher, has gone viral around the globe in many iterations. It has inspired many, with people setting it to music and adding images and video. Of course we here at Sustainable Fairfield love the line “created new ways to live and heal the earth fully…” We wish you health, joy, peace and much creativity during this time at home. Stay safe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ME2OyGj6eqE


Published by Fairfield's Earth Day Celebration

Started in 1998, Fairfield's Earth Day Celebration has been an annual town-wide event bringing the community together to share and learn and celebrate all the natural resources we have in Fairfield and how we protect and value them.

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