And the people stayed home

by Kathleen O’Mara

And the people stayed home

and read books 

and listened.

And they rested

and did exercises

and made art and played

and learned new ways of being 

and stopped and listened

more deeply.

Someone meditated, someone prayed.

Someone met their shadow.

And people began to think differently.

And people healed.

And in the absence of people who

Lived in ignorant ways,

dangerous, meaningless and heartless,

the earth also began to heal.

And when the danger ended

and people found themselves,

they grieved for the dead

and made new choices

and dreamed new visions

and created new ways of living

and completely healed the earth.

Just as they were healed.


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