Shifting Winds

C.JohannSpring,2020
Palmyra, WI USA

The day begins…

yellow daffodils dancing playfully

as the Spring breeze tiptoes between them…

Then the image of a child in a detention center floods the scene

Tears streaming down her cheek, with no parent to run to…no bosom to bury her face into …no one to console…

“Where is Mommy? Where is Papa?”

No answer… and the wind continues its journey

Spring pear blossoms fill the air…

Morning Sun has touched its sprigs of new life…

Another shoeless child fills the belly of the white cloud overhead

No record of his name… too young for himself to have claimed…

Staring into the world… no direction… no affection

While in the outside world people are busy making America great again…

Filling the streets with polluting cars…hurrying to consume more and more…

Meanwhile…the whisperings of children are buried deep underneath what we call LIFE

Strawberry white flowers dot the ground… seeking warmth and rooted well…

I lay on the warm grass, feeling so free…while 6 states away a sleepless child lays on a cot, with no one to nurture her as she lays dying…o

Yes… heartless country…let us make America great…replace illegality with morality… by reuniting these children with their parents

Buenos dias! Good morning!

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https://cardenas.house.gov/ways-you-can-help-immigrant-families-and-children

https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/immigrants-rights-and-detention/immigrant-kids-keep-dying-cbp-detention

tears tripping over themselves

Humanity is suffering… but there are heroes and heroines everywhere…

A woman, a young woman once, then a mother, then a grandmother, then a great- grandmother, in her 90’s, opened her heart once more: “Give the ventilator to someone younger.”

A young mother of three and a nurse, continued to work at the hospital to save lives… she lost hers…

A young man, only 28, worked at a senior care facility…they elderly needed him… then one day, he came home to his Mother, and died in her arms…

The daycare teacher, watching over the children of those working in the hospital… developed a fever…the “invisible stalker” took her away…

The ambulance driver, father of two, drove the sick to the clinic…he never made it home again…

The grandfather, having given the best years of his life, nurturing, loving, providing for his family, his children, his grandchildren… was suddenly among the stars…

The First-Responder, working 14 hour days…using his mask over and over again, no gloves available…collapsed…leaving his earthly home…

The doctor, working non-stop, overcome with fatigue…succumbed to the fever…went into a coma…never to return

The hospital receptionist, checking people in, exposed daily to the beast…slumped over at the coffee table… never to lift her head again…

REST in PEACE … you did the “ hard thing”— you didn’t turn away when another asked for your help…


Sunrise in Palmyra 2020
Copyright/Johann