Today, Foreign Correspondent is pleased to host author D.L. Finn on her Rave Writers International Society of Authors’ “Rise UP” tour.
Welcome to our 2nd RWISA “RISE-UP” TOUR!
Because of the current state of the world where we are faced with a pandemic like none has ever seen before, where homelessness, hunger, job losses, and world-wide lock-downs are the norm, we wanted to give you a glimpse into our world as we are now living it.
Since we are also in the month of May, when Mothers should be celebrated even more than they should be every day, some of us are going to reflect upon our lives without our moms. Yes, we have two themes this year!
For 14 days, we invite you here to the RWISA site to enjoy, engage, and to become enlightened – awakened even to the many plights of our communities and to share in our memories and sorrows as we navigate our world without the moms who brought us into it. Hopefully, in some of these stories, you will also be compelled to RISE UP and share your story in hopes of making someone else’s day brighter and their load a little lighter.
Come along with us on this journey!
D.L. Finn’s Poetry
MISTY MOUNTAIN MOMENT
It flows quietly on a breeze
Covering the landscape in its presence.
The world simplifies at that moment
While the mountain mist intensifies.
Its threatening chill keeps us indoors
How long will it eliminate color from our world?
Yet, we’re securely tucked away inside.
We have a full stomach.
A place to sleep… others don’t.
Some live outside in this mountain mist
Trying to survive.
We offer what we can… from a safe distance.
As we head back to our protected lives
Suddenly, we get a glimpse past the monochrome.
Then we remember that a dreary gray mountain moment
Does not subdue the light that shines within all of us.
Gone is my freedom as I shelter at home.
Gone is abundant supplies; I must get in line to shop.
Gone are family gatherings, events, and appointments.
Gone is the income from those deemed non-essential.
Gone is the guarantee they will be helped.
This is all replaced by a new world.
Where procuring toilet paper is a reason to celebrate.
Where putting my wants over someone’s safety is a priority.
Where people risk their lives to save others.
Where people do without, perhaps for the first time.
Where learning how to make what used to be available.
Yes, so much has changed and is gone—for now.
My hope is this new insight and caring…
Stays long after everything that is gone, returns
And things go back to a new compassionate normal.
A storm tore through our world unseen
But we felt its presence as hospitals filled.
We tried to wash it off and hide from it
Yet, it kept coming.
Finally, we headed into the storm shelter
Only venturing out for food…
Unless we were needed to fight this storm.
So many heroes raced into the chaos
Sadly, some did not make it back home.
While the rest of us waited in our safety
Grateful for what we had
Worried for what we did not.
Here we wait for that sunny day
When the storm fades away,
And we return to normal again
Armed with a new understanding…
Of how fragile our existence is.
Something the wise won’t ever forget.
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