New England Hope


By Patricia Chadwick

Now ninety days – we’re wearied by this war
Through winter’s cold, then spring’s unending chill
But summer’s warmth is like an open door
Embracing us with tidings of goodwill –
And bidding us to brave a step outside
And dare forsake the fears of death and grave.
Inspiring us to take it all in stride
And prove that we’re not COVID’s fearful slave-
We’ll pulverize this enemy for sure;
A tribute to mankind’s undaunted will
To soldier on until we have the cure.
That turns this virus into less than nil –
And while we wait, let’s not forget to share
Our gratitude to scientists with prayer.