Saturday, April 17, 2021

Waiting For Covid-19 to Pass

 PAD Challenge day 17For today's prompt, write a waiting poem.

Every so often I crank up this song by Johnny Cash

These Things Shall Pass


Because of soaring numbers in new Covid-19 cases
Ontario tightens restrictions even harder for 6 weeks!
This prompt Waiting, feels like the first thing we talk about 
even before the weather these days!
(and we're Canadian!) 
We feel like we have been waiting for things to
return to 'normal' for more than a year, and now this;
Seemingly worse, not better in spite of vaccines?!!
It's discouraging!
So, the word 'wait' can be a millstone around the neck
 or a steppingstone beneath our feet/knees.
It's up to us.

(My heart esp. goes out to small businesses!
Hang in there as you weather open to curbside-takeout-closed..)

Within the walls of circumstance, we wait; the gate is barred
To Freedom’s Ballroom; numbers soar while hope hits new lows hard
But, let’s not forget what we have though we feel far apart
We have each other and God’s Word to cheer the faint of heart

Wisdom chisels its masterpieces not on Easy Street
Our faith is not refined until its mettle feels the heat
Then, though fear grips us by the throat as we wait anxiously
We have each other and God’s Word; how thankful we should be

Technology for all its faults helps us to keep in touch
While we wait for Restriction to release its strangling clutch
Let’s take a deep breath, keep the faith though hope is battle-scarred
And be so grateful that we have each other and God’s Word

Selfishness is a monster; it wreaks havoc in the world
It desecrates the banner of morn’s fresh mercy unfurled
So, let’s love one another while we wait, though walls apart
We have God’s Word in which to trust so we do not lose heart

© Janet Martin

1 Peter 4:7-10
The end of all things is near. 
Therefore be clear-minded and sober, so that you can pray.
  Above all, love one another deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins
.Show hospitality to one another without complaining.
As good stewards of the manifold grace of God,
each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve one another.

These verses really hit home right now.
even now we can show hospitality by dropping
a meal to a needy family, by sending words of cheer via text, emails,
cards, phone calls, yes, even when it feels

This week my I received a package from a friend in another country!
The surprise of its sweet love brought much needed joy
to a hard week! 
Thank-you Sasha for the gift from


  1. Ohh I just LOVE Johnny Cash - what a great message your poem is - the struggle is real going back into lockdown again.

    1. Isn't it though?!! Johnny Cash helps a little <3

  2. I've just discovered this, missed it somehow over the weekend. This is awful - going back to lockdown.. And there's conflicting evidence of lockdowns even helping with covid. We do know they do a lot of harm. Hang in there, Janet. Lots of Johnny Cash, nature walks, and poetry!

    1. it is discouraging for the whole population! our premier of Ontario recanted a bit. Parks are allowed to be open after all (after a big push back from doctors and mental health experts). Lots to be thankful for but the damage these lockdowns are doing is worse than the disease! this disease is exposing Ontario's fragile healthcare system if nothing else! They are not up to the need/task! Instead of building new stadiums etc. we should have been building more hospitals.


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