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How much longer

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Stay two meters away from each other

Don’t visit people at their homes in big numbers

Don’t fill up the coffee shops

Only so many people allowed

Sounds anti-social, doesn’t it?

But it’s our reality now and we can’t let our guard down yet

The variants are rampant

Areas that are doing well suddenly flare up

Where you can fly to and not fly to keeps changing

Some countries, you can visit only in groups

The sanitizer bottle is omnipresent

Masks still adorn our faces

How much longer?

That’s a good question

It depends a little on how much 

Responsibility we will take in combating this disease

Some people still deny its existence

They refuse to wear masks and socially distance

Vaccines are out of the question for them

And on the other hand

There are countries that are having a challenge

Vaccinating a population that wants to be vaccinated

It’s a messy and dangerous situation 

The hospitals are filled to capacity

The medical staff work long hours and are tired

So politicians try to give people incentives to get vaccinated

Money, lotteries, gifts, whatever they can think of

It’s a strange, strange world we live in

One we could not have imagined two years ago

September 6th, 2021

A year and a half

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We’ve had an unusual year and a half

All the distancing

All the worrying

All the isolation

All the confusion

All the triumphs and failures

All of us pulling together most times

But some being more lucky in their access to what they need

Our world is not operating as a whole yet

We are still segmented into countries and tribes

Otherwise we would probably be in a different place now

Will we learn our lesson?

I’m not sure

Our nationalism has a strong hold on us

In a world that operates as a whole

We insist on only looking out only for ourselves

There is mistrust

There is lack of compassion

There is lack of unity

What is for sure it that now to solve our problems 

We need to work together 

Today’s world works as a unit

And the sooner we figure that out the better 

September 1st, 2021

Contradictions


Beyond the wall of windows in my mother’s apartment

Is a kaleidoscope of colour, natural beauty and activity

The green of the grass

The blue of the ocean

And the white of the sailboats on the water

The grey of the high rises

And the red bricks of the walking path    

People exercising

People walking their dogs

People going to work

People driving by 

It’s a beehive of activity

And Vancouver’s beauty shines 

In the sunshine of the morning 

Everything seems to sparkle

But not everyone is happy in this city by the ocean

The sight of the homeless and drug addicted

On Main Street breaks my heart

A man whose clothes hang loose on his thin limbs

Talks to another person, a desperate look on his face

A tent is set up on the side walk

Creating a temporary place for respite

A man crosses the street on a red pedestrian light

Pushing a shopping cart containing all his belongings 

One can’t look at the lights to drive across intersections

Some people with blank stares cross at any time 

Oblivious of what’s going on around them

The ugliness of poverty and despondency

Coexists with the beauty of nature and the opulence

Of the high rises tastefully designed

I try to focus on the beauty 

But not forget that many people

Are in need in this city of contradictions

August 24th, 2021 

Letting go

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My responsibly as a mother is the eduction of my children

I’ve been doing that for years now

In a way that is familiar to me

With them close by 

But as they get older

Their education will come from places outside the home

And I need to let go

They will be around less often

But they are on their path of learning and experiencing new things

I won’t be involved in their day to day life

But I will be there to support and encourage them

Their mode of development has changed

They need the input of the society at large

And by letting go 

I’m allowing them to continue to grow

August 9th, 2021

The egg chair

The egg chair!

What, you ask?

Well it’s a chair 

In the shape of an egg

And it’s suspended from above

You sit in it…

So far it’s like any other chair

But you can twirl in the egg chair

Rock back and forth 

Go side to side

Or all the way around

It’s like you are floating on water 

Moving up and down with the waves

When you sit in the egg chair 

You can relax more

You can daydream 

You feel uplifted and light 

The egg chair is what Albert wanted this summer

But as far as I was concerned 

I thought it was a bit over the top

Did we really need an egg chair?

We’ve done just fine without it till now

After all it’s so big

Takes up so much space 

Will it fit with the rest of the patio furniture?

I had all kinds of reasons why it was an extra expense

But when I sit in it now

And swing and rock back and forth

The feeling is priceless

And I think Albert has good taste 

July 23rd, 2021

Covid lessons

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These seem like the last few months of Covid if all goes well

Vaccinations are underway

Places are opening up

We can get together in our back yards

But things can change

The variants can cause some problems

We are not quite out of the woods yet

Nevertheless we see the light at the end of the tunnel

At the same time, we are so used to doing things differently

That it will take time to move forward

This has been an interesting time

Working from home is a reality now

Zoom meetings are here to stay

So much time and money will be saved

So much better for the environment

We will still go places

Being in the presence of others still has its reasons

But much more will be done online

We’ll be leaving these times behind

Realizing that our welfare depends on the welfare of others

That we should consider the needs of our neighbours 

That the world is shrinking in size and the countries need to cooperate

The more privileged ones need to come to the aid of the less privileged

Our world is one

We can’t think of ourselves in isolation any longer

June 16th 2021

Am I the only one?

I come home with what I think are 

Electric toothbrush heads

Only to discover the box contains a toothbrush as well

And I don’t need one

How did I make that mistake?

All I can tell you is that it’s not an isolated case

I’ve come home with a caramel chocolate slab

Instead of milk chocolate one

Chosen strawberry milk instead of chocolate milk

And the list goes on

Natasha asks me if I can read

Silly question of course but I get her point

Is it carelessness? 

Perhaps

The pictures on the packages and their location don’t help either 

I just hope I’m not the only person who makes these mistakes

June 4th, 2021

Peace of mind

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In life, somethings that we think are valuable

Are actually holding us hostage

The energy we put into acquiring them

And preserving them

Can be used better somewhere else

That expensive something that you want

Can put you in debt

Isn’t peace of mind more important?

And some beautiful things need a lot of maintenance

To keep them beautiful, to protect them

So these things we seek

Bring with them their own preoccupations

Simplicity costs less money and energy

Needs less maintenance

And it doesn’t weigh heavy on our shoulders

April 25th, 2021

Unpleasant tasks

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Certain jobs are unpleasant to do

I postpone them as long as I can

Then I postpone them some more

Organizing my tax papers

Calling the roofers

Or the contractor I need to call

All kinds of paperwork

Visiting the bank adviser

Gardening and especially weeding

These are the tasks I avoid

Is there a solution?

I don’t know

They say you can’t wait to feel like it before you start

You just set a time and do it whether you want to or not

Today is one of those days

And I’m postponing my tasks

It’s much more fun to read and write

But I’m an adult and sometimes

I need to do those unpleasant tasks that need to be done

April 6th, 2021

Reaching out

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The desire to communicate has always been strong in me

Communicating what I think and feel

Things that are not that unique

Things that are relatable 

Things others may have experienced as well

Or putting things in new ways

Sharing something they might not have paid attention to

The desire to reach out has always been strong

The need to create links with others 

Connect the hearts

Create a sense of unity 

Create bonds with shared realities

Celebrate life 

Reflect on the sad times

And share the lessons learned

The desire to reach out has always been strong

April 4th, 2021