April Under Corona

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Grand Canal, Dublin

Like so many folks, I’ve followed the news, plotted how to best buy groceries, maintain health, and not feel completely stressed at the end of the day.  A few things stand out to me as beneficial highlights.  

Last Friday, folks in my town had a virtual potluck.  We all had our own dinner in our own homes but met online to chat and sup together.

On Saturday, I met with the Inkies virtually, a Dublin based writing group that meets weekly.  I  wrote with them when I’ve stayed in Dublin. It was great to see each other to banter a bit, then share our writing.  It changed something — the constriction I felt in my heart, that while we shared the difficulties of the coronavirus, as also shared heartfelt writing and humor.

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Dublin skyline from the Chester Beatty Library

 Finally,  Monday morning I got up to the usual amount of news implanted on the computer about the virus.  I was feeling stressed about the morning news. And then, I heard a solitary crow.

Oh My! Simply the sound of the crow, as the call grew further away, brought me into a place of deep calm. I put on a pair of shoes and wandered down to the vernal pool and brook. I found some wood frog eggs, first of the season. It changed everything.  Later that day, at early dusk, I happened to look out the window. Eight deer passed by in single file, walking at the edge of the stream, carefully skirting the vernal pool.  They melted into the forest. 

 

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find the wood frog egg masses

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Stay healthy. Enjoy your own company now, more than ever.

About elainereardon

Poet, writer, gardener, herbalist, pottery, painting—bumping into magic, peeking around new corners.
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