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Hope in a Time of Corona: a Day 7 #NaPoWriMo2020 / GloPoWriMo2020 #TankaProse

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Have we reached the bottom? Or will we fall below whatever ground we believe we’ve reached?

Bahrain uses bracelet to geo-fence the CoVid-19 infected. The Governor of New York orders schools to remain closed until the end of April. The President of the United States pedals hydrocholoroquine as a Corona Virus treatment–absent any clinical trials for such a use.

Almost 800 die in New York State in a single day.

Meanwhile, I walk downstairs every morning and go to work. My team teachers and I co-plan through google chat and video-conference. Upload our activities into our Google classrooms. Grade the suprising tide of submitted assignments. Still, some of our students share how exhausted, and overwhelmed, they feel.

Still, the Covid-19 peak has not arrived.

Nevertheless, we come together. A manufacturer secures a contract to produce medical supplies, and the CEO orders lunches daily from local restaurants. Retired healthcare workers and senior medical students offer their time and expertese to help besieged healthcare workers. Food drives, domestic mask manufacturing, streamed religious services, remote learning: we meet each other in our need, offering what we have.

We have not reached the bottom, but Corona cannot define us. How we respond will.

another twilight

the last songbirds twitter

before coming night

everything looks enormous

when glimpsed from below

28 replies »

  1. So true, Frank: โ€˜We have not reached the bottom, but Corona cannot define us. How we respond willโ€™, and โ€˜everything looks enormous / when glimpsed from belowโ€™. Stay safe!

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  2. Such truth wrapped up in this poem, Frank. However. with surprising and encouraging resilience, we come together to adjust to this staggering blow, finding new ways to connect and, hopefully, learning what’s important.

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  3. Wonderfully expressed. I love the twittering songbirds at twilight. Bless you for continuing to go to work in the middle of all this, and keep your students on track. How scared kids must be these days.

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  4. Wonderfully expressed. I love the twittering songbirds at twilight. Bless you for continuing to go to work in the middle of all this, and keep your students on track. How scared kids must be these days.

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  5. Actually it scares me most what effect the quarantine will have upon students out of school. I read sometimes that in France the teachers had lost contact with around 10 percent of the students…

    Other than that my workday sounds like yours a lot… no students to interact with but colleagues all over the world.

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  6. Kudos to you Frank for walking the walk, but keeping your sleeves rolled up and projecting positive ions out into the plague clouds, bodies stacked like cordwood, and
    where stupidity seems more infectious than Corona. I do applaud you, and I would like to write a Tanka Prose for MTB.

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  7. We are being tested as we’ve never been tested before. Only in retrospect will we know our grade. That’s assuming there is an after. I’m encouraged by your sense that we are up to the challenge.

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