Thursday, April 30, 2020

Covid Poem 1 - Blight / Light

by Judith Felsen, Ph.D.

Curious how pestilence
evokes both light and dark of our survival
Enemy becomes a catalyst
challenging our character
critically insisting, calling
raising higher nature

Scourge becomes our solvent
washing sins and strengths together
dispelling gaps with conscience  
transgressions lost in search for mercy
praying for acquittal 

Compassion is the birthchild 
of this plague
Forgiveness is its midwife
We are birthed within our illness
which inspires  mingling 
of our sins and merits
merging criminals and prophets
reduced in bliss of oneness

We are solo and connected
Pandemic brings us truth
The world is changed
We start anew

Judith Felsen, Ph.D. is a poetess, Clinical Psychologist, coach, 2nd generation holocaust survivor, hiker, dancer, walker, volunteer, lover of nature, gardens, wilderness, beach, ocean and mountains. Her work addresses issues of recovery, 2nd generation survivors, the natural world, gardens and harvests, life cycle issues, spiritual questing, social issues, community issues and personal requests. Her poems have been published and widely distributed in national and specific publications. She is a New York native and resident of new Hampshire. She frequents Long Beach and lives with her husband and two large rescue dogs at their camp in the White Mountains of N.H. and house near the ocean in Long Beach. She actively studies the mystical and esoteric aspects of Judaism and is a member of the board of the Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation and the Chavurah of Mount Washington Valley. She writes often and offers consultation upon request.

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