Intergenerational Poetry Extravaganza 

April 14, 2020

April is National Poetry Month! Please join me during story time from 7-7:30pm on Tuesday, April 21, for an Intergenerational Poetry Reading Extravaganza. I will share poems and rhyming picture books for all ages, and I invite you to bring a favorite poem to read to the group. Click here 7 pm Tuesday, April 21. -Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Librarian

Mae Bell shared this poem with me. I thought it was so beautiful:

PANDEMIC

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love--
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

--Lynn Ungar



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