January was promising . . .
Until that fateful day
When news broke of a helicopter crash
Kobe and Gianna were taken away.
Iraqi general hit with drone strike
World War 3 on the way?
Australian brush fires decimate land
On the brink of a doomsday.
We breathed our deepest breath
That month brought far too much dismay
However, soon enough we would learn
January was only child’s play.
February ignited a partisan divide
Cruise ships quarantined in a Japanese seaway
But March was when our world turned upside down
COVID-19 made its foray.
Masks were required and businesses closed
Home-cooked meals became the new gourmet
Parents became teachers when schools went online
Normalcy began to decay.
The spring months seemed to bleed together
How the negatives appeared to outweigh
The semblance of a world “before”
Days running together like a sea of gray.
June brought rising social tensions
Important conversations made headway
For this movement was a long time coming
The fight for a just future – while not yet reached – was underway.
A few months passed, and the fires returned
The West Coast was filled with disarray
The effects of climate change will continue to plague
If people keep believing it is only hearsay.
And now RBG . . .
An icon whose impact will never fade away
Her voice will not be forgotten
But her loss has darkened our day.
2020 has been . . . how shall we say?
Like something out of an Orwellian play
But let us remember to keep the faith
Life is not to be lived on a perpetual raceway.
We have been forced to slow down
To reassess our way
To think deeply about how we spend our time
To begin living for today.
Who knows what else 2020 has in store?
The secrets it will not yet betray
Let us do what is truly important
Let us hope . . . dream . . . pray.
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