Today’s Drive

Free as a butterfly

I went out for a drive today
stopping at Starbucks along the way
to grab a Latte my favorite drink
having one in hand helps me think
the girl that serves me does this all day
as she scans my card keeping distance away
she wears a mask and makes very sure
no contact with me or the drink to endure
I take the drink and give her my thanks
and drive away from the window at a leisurely pace
I think about where I want to go
the usual route but driving slow
just taking pleasure to be in my truck
instead of in the house where I’m stuck
because this virus is keeping us in
to break the lockdown might be a sin
and the only way to beat this thing
is to stay away from others and adjusting
no mingling in crowds or with another
as contact might pass this onto a lover
or friend or family or even a stranger
as this bug does not care who it attacks
and can kill all ages and that’s a fact
not everyone dies from this disease
and the chances of life are good indeed
but who wants to take that risk
when the safest way to still exist
is to stay locked down safely at home
and not be like me wanting to roam
in fairness though I have to say
I do not mingle with others along the way
just me and my Latte as we listen to rhyme
as an Audiobook story to pass the time
driving along in my truck
at peace with the world trusting my luck
no contact with others just me all alone
doing the things that I like into the unknown.

Written 4/11/2020

Strange Times

How strange the times that we now live
when distancing has become the word
to describe how close that we can stand
no longer a physical touch of our hand
friends and neighbors who once were dear
are now mere strangers passing by
a wave of the hand to say hello
and scurry inside we all must go
this pandemic coursing through the land
brings with it fear of a different kind
where neighbors once consoled with a hug
in times gone by and now its a shrug
of the shoulders as if to say
do not come near me or I won’t stay
for fear that you have the dreaded disease
stay six feet away from me if you please
actually the reverse is true
as neighbors rally to the cry
helping those that can’t help themselves
not just waiting and standing by
checking on neighbors to see if they’re fine
shopping for groceries and standing in line
walking their pets and mowing their yards
as living alone can be terribly hard
there is no telling when this will end
it may get much worse following the trend
it may even be here to stay
with recurrent cycles that won’t go away
until such times as a cure can be found
as resilient as we are we will rebound
until down the road someone will say
its over and you need no longer stay
stuck in your homes and six feet apart
and hugging and handshakes will return
and life will be normal just like before
and the stories will be told as in folklore
people will boast that they survived
and others will say it was connived
the whole thing was just a terrible joke
made up by those who hold the key
for the way that we live our Democracy
and it was in fact a weapon of choice
for those in power to stifle the voice
and some of us who question the cause
leaving us to grasp at straws
for what was the cause we shall never know
just glad to survive and enjoy the show.

Written 4/10/2020

Today’s Ramblings 4-9-2020

Locked in my house like so many more
trying hard to not keep score
of the number of days stuck inside
and wondering just how long to hide
lucky for me I have a yard
where I can go to pass the time
and there is always something to do
some chore or another and quite a few
weeding and raking, mowing and such
feeling the dirt to my touch
close to nature is where I reside
when the law of this country says I must hide
I also have three ponds to maintain
attending to them is more than a game
as my primary task is to keep them clean
to the Koi and the Goldfish that can be seen
for that the water must be clear
so cleaning the filters I must persevere
I have to do that much more than I like
as the fish eat the food and at Nature’s discourse
what goes in must come out which we know true
to dirty the water with their fishy poo
when I’ve done all the work or the sun is too hot
I pack up my things and inside I trot
along with the dogs who have already declared
too hot out there Boss, where is my chair
and I sit and I write these nonsensical rhymes
for others to read who are locked in too
to give them some humor to brighten their day
in the hope that this virus will soon go away.
to say were locked in is not very true
as some stores are open but only a few
groceries and hardware, post office and such
with people standing six feet apart
shopping becomes a bit of an art
some wear masks and other disdain
prefering to be completely insane
trusting to luck and their own self belief
that the virus will miss them and even if it does
they are young and healthy and do not feel much
only the old and the sick will succumb to its touch
as yet there is no end in sight
as the virus progresses with all of its might
across the world no country remains
all touched by death all just the same
and the nurses and doctors work till they fall
replaced by others each answering the call
and the morgues take the bodies with no place to store
and each of them wondering just how many more
the experts say an end is in sight
as the world battles on with all of its might
to go back to normal and learn by mistakes
and develop a vaccine to make everyone safe
that is until the next virus comes along
different and more potent to be our swansong
as humans on earth are on borrowed time
slowly killing the Planet a real paradigm
and Nature retaliates as though to say
I will have the last word as you die away.

Written 4/9/2020

Making Things Different

It’s Bluebonnet season

What can I do to make my day
different in any way
than the days that came before
and the virus evened up the score
keeping us so close to home
even those that live alone
and are used to being by themselves
staying indoors and tidying shelves
and anything else to pass the time
cleaning and sweeping tasks so divine
that get put to one side on a different day
but now while the virus is in full sway
as cleaning house is something to do
shall I do it tomorrow I haven’t a clue
tomorrow might bring another day
but the Corona virus will not go away
and we have to live out
within our homes without a doubt
the safest place that we can be
as we wait for the time in history
when the virus is declared officially gone
and the world around will carry on.

Written 4/6/2020

Difficult Times

A pond in Bastrop State Park. Even amidst the beauty, the scars of the recent fires still show.

These are difficult and troubling times for all of us with the country in a semi lockdown. I say semi because we still have the ability to go to the grocery store and Home Depot to keep our larders full and to buy the materials to fix whatever may be broken. The ban is really on socializing with others except from the safely prescribed distance of 6 feet. Even then, people with any of the symptoms, fever, sneezing etc should remain indoors and secluded.

I can’t imagine what it must be like if you happen to live in apartment as so many people do, especially if you have kids. Keeping them amused and busy must be a major problem and everyone must be going stir crazy. These times indeed are a true test of the Parent’s patience not even to mention how trying it must be for the kids. For any Parents that are working from home, a real test in concentration.

For me, I am one of the lucky ones as indoor seclusion is a normal part of my daily life. I live alone and have done for these past 28 years so the current situation is just an extension of my normality. I am fortunate in as much that I own my own home and it is situated on a half acre lot meaning that I have a large back yard that takes up a lot of my time. This plus the 4, soon to be 3 ponds and the couple of hundred Goldfish and Koi always take up some part of my day. Just lately, when I am in the mood to exercise, I take the two remaining dogs for a walk around the local neighborhood saying “Hi” to all of the other people doing the same thing. Nobody stops to talk except for the greeting and we usually pass on opposite sides of the street. To be truthful, I only know the people whose houses are situated close to mine and these other people whose paths we cross, are really strangers. I didn’t realize it until I started walking with the dogs, that I can cover as much distance on one of these walks as I do when I hike at the local Parks. There, I usually average between 4-5 miles and on my local walk yesterday, covered almost 4 miles with still some streets that I have not yet walked.

I can’t help wonder how this is all going to end as I suppose most of the world is having the same thoughts. In the USA where I live, we have not yet reached anywhere near the peak of this thing. My own guess is that we will probably be in lockdown through the end of May and even beyond that. What that will do to the economy and to the individuals affected by this with no money other than unemployment coming in and rents and mortgages due along with car payments and other large items such as credit card debt, remains to be seen. It will probably take another couple of years for the economy to settle back down that is assuming that it does. Without a vaccine, it is still not clear if those once affected are immune and in the future and could maybe catch it for a second or even third time creating a never ending cycle of contagion.

Scary thoughts for today’s blog.

Written 4/6/2020