Skip to main content

You are here

Monday morning care from TLS

Monday, March 16, 2020

Good morning, TLS families,

Some mornings, you don’t need logistics or updates. Those will come later today from faculty. Some mornings, you just need to know we are right here with you. 

Here’s a poem shared by one of our faculty members last night. The title aside, it really inspired and moved many of us. 

 

Pandemic

 

What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath—

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

 

And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

 

Promise this world your love–

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.

 

–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

 

Have a peaceful day. 

Your TLS Community