COVID and Poetry

The world is facing an unprecedented health crisis. COVID-19 has spread across the globe, bringing with it sickness, death, uncertainty, anxiety, and economic upheaval. The world has stopped like never before. Businesses are closed, and schools have moved to online platforms. Social distancing is the norm, and no one knows when the end of the virus will come. Living in the midst of incredible uncertainty takes its toll on people. But may we use this time to focus on the most important things and slow down in a way we’ve never been forced to do before. 

Daily life looks very different, and this pandemic has impacted everybody in some way. You are not alone in what you are facing. The fears that rise to the surface are felt by billions of people around the world. We are all in this together. Even though the storm is raging right now, famous poet Maya Angelou once said, “Every storm runs out of rain.”


© Sandra A. McShane

Published: April 24, 2020

I don’t know how I’m feeling.
I think I feel all right.
I’m busy doing nothing
From morning until night. 

I don’t know how I’m feeling.
I left the house today.
I went to do some shopping.
I sang along the way.

I don’t know how I’m feeling.
I gave the bags to mom.
We smiled and laughed and she was fine.
Then I went back home. 

I don’t know how I’m feeling.
Today I’m not too sure.
The numbers keep on climbing.
Will they find a cure?

I don’t know how I’m feeling.
I just don’t need this stuff.
Some cake and wine and chocolate,
But boy this thing is tough. 

I don’t know how I’m feeling
When I stand and clap so loud.
So grateful, happy and so sad
In the isolated crowd. 

I don’t know how I’m feeling.
When will that dream job come?
I’m optimistic, hopeful,
And luckier than some. 

I don’t know how I’m feeling.
I saw the news today
But only very briefly.
Why won’t it go away? 

I don’t know how I’m feeling.
I don’t know if I’m sad.
My friends and family, they’re all fine.
For that I am so glad. 

I don’t know how I’m feeling,
But this I know is true.
We’re all in this together.
It’s me and them and you. 

Do you know how you’re feeling?
You know that it’s okay
To sit and cry and wonder,
To want a better day. 

Let’s just hold this feeling
Of love, of light, of hope.
Let’s relish all the quiet.
Be proud of how you cope. 

I don’t know how I’m feeling.
I think I want to cry.
I don’t – I make a coffee
And stare out at the sky. 

Today I got the feeling
That soon this will be done.
Our lives will change forever,
But look up at the sun. 

You know that deep down feeling
Of joy, of loss, of pain,
The love, the sadness and the hurt.
You’ll be okay again. 

One day we’ll get that feeling –
Was all this even real?
Hold onto that feeling.
In time we will all heal.


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    • Hi Clara, thanks for commenting. Yes, I loved it too. Really captures what is feels like. Having had COVID19 myself I identified. Unsettled year for so many. Hope you’re keeping well. Best Wishes Erin

  1. Poetry cleansing for our minds and souls to try and process our world inside intersections with the outside

    Thank you for sharing

    • Hi Issadora, what a beautiful name. Appreciate you going to the trouble of commenting. Yes poetry is wonderful during the bizarre time of 2020. Take care, Erin

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