I wanted to write something profound. Something uplifting and fun to help lift our focus… I’m sorry it just isn’t there tonight. So I offer you this poem written by Canadian poet, David O’Meara. However, what I do want to add is that we do have the perfect opportunity at hand to have those deep conversations that we may not otherwise share. Take care, everyone.
"Nothing," he said, "it's nothing."
Then nothing was said. Silence; nothing.
What she asked had come from nothing.
Sweet nothing, really, was all he said.
They cut their links like little wires, said
nothing about it afterward, nothing.
All over nothing.
So never to talk of what they said
until all that was ever said
was nothing, and so nothing was ever said.
We came upon a gnome
blowing up balloons
seated at the corner of a house
Discovery of his presence delighted us
piqued our curiosity
We approached slowly
He appeared to be equally curious about us
remaining seated on a wool blanket
black boots tucked under his body
straw hat at an impossible angle on his head
round lenses of his wire glasses magnifying his dark eyes
The gnome spoke rapidly
he told a silly story
that blended with questions
he didn’t bother to hear answered
amused by his silly demeanor
While all this took place
a young elf
paced side to side to the left of our seated friend
The older gnome ignored the movement
remained focused on us
Between giggles we tried to speak
but he had a tale to spin
He handed a balloon sceptre
pronouncing a new queen
investing with authority a new royal
custodian of the inflated rod
And was gone
We blinked with mirth
not quite understanding
what had just taken place
a bit of magic added to our day
World seen through wounded eyes
bruised shades of purple and black taint sight
timid feet afraid of open space
fear fits like a leather moccasin
want to remain on dysfunctional path
Heart cries tearless sadness for lost potential
pumps staccato beat of marching band refrain
encourages determination, change
Quiet reflection soothes and calms
eyes adjust focus
vision is renewed