The world is a just a little bit crazy right about now. I’m catching up on my reading in between homeschooling supervision, meal planning and 20 second hand washing.

I came across this poem by Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and wanted to share this “Wednesday Wisdom” with all of you. We could all use some calm during these Coronavirus quarantine days. I think we can probably also use the down time for reflection; on our lives, on our friendships and relationships and to remind ourselves how much we are deeply connected as a community.

I like to believe that some good things will come out of these social distancing times. Whether we will support our local small businesses with more purchases, help neighbors in need, create deeper bonds within our families-I suspect all will be well on the other side. Now, just breathe.

Keeping Quiet

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still
for once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;

let’s stop for a second,

and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.

Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.

Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

-Pablo Neruda

Sign off See Ya Tmara

PS- Send me a message with any inspiring Wednesday Wisdom you might have!


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