In the Time of Pandemic

And the people stayed home.

And they read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.

And they listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed.

And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

 

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310 thoughts on “In the Time of Pandemic

  1. Oh Gosh….What a wonderful moment to see the Daily Round in my email box again…! Wow, glad you are well and still with us. I hope all the four leggeds and hubby are well too. Stay at peace within Kitty and find joy hidden away in these tumultuous times! Yes they are healing despite the anguish they cause.Be well and lots of love to you…VK ❤

      1. I’m writing an essay about how we can mitigate pandemics at their root cause by transitioning from degenerative to regenerative economies. Would love to include your post in full at the end. Not sure when it’s finished. Mom was just diagnosed with cancer amidst all this, soooo….we are trying to ensure she gets care in a timely fashion before it metastasizes. Thank you for writing such a succinct vision and making it in the past tense, and clearly touching on the hopes of so many. We have so much work to do to get there…we have no choice, though, do we?

        1. Oh, Ethan; first, I am so sorry your family is dealing with this new terror in the midst of a healthcare crisis. I worked with the best in that field and I know how hard they are trying to spread their gifts. You mother’s care and healing are now carried in my heart, and please, if time allows, let me know how it’s going for you all.

          Your essay sounds intriguing and hopeful; I would so enjoy reading it when you have completed it. Yes, please use the quote, if you like.

          We still have many choices, dear one. Writing that essay is one of them, and being the loving son who is choosing to accompany his mother on this journey is another. But, yes, now is the acceptable time to face the world and love her back into health and sustainability. I hope we don’t squander it.

          Be well, gentle peace.

          1. Thank you so much. Yes, to everything you said. And know that I will offer to share with you before making my words public so you can give comment and decide whether you would like to have your thoughts attached to and associated with mine.

          2. Hi Kitty,
            Everyone from Depok to Mother Earth blogs to Religious groups are embracing these sentiments..words.. I am an artist writer and I had to find out who wrote this. It is magical and spot on.

              1. It reads like the book of Genesis, like the Spirit guided your hand, heart and mind. Blessings upon you and your Muse.

          3. It seems that you have taken your quote written by an Italian journalist from Venice and translated into English. If it’s true it’s plagiarism. Could you please clear this doubt

            1. Blessings Lorraine. I’ve been following the responses to Kitty’s Spirit led offering of hope, In the Time of Pandemic, that seems to be circling the globe. There has been much discussion about authenticity and historic confusion about writers with the same name. I think if you look back through the thread of responses you will find answers to any concerns about authorship. I don’t know Kitty, but her work and her comments to her readers show me the blessings of Spirit coming through loud and clear. Light and love to all in these challenging days.

            2. Lorraine, I have done this, many times and in many places this past week. I would encourage you, rather than visiting my site with further accusations, to actually source and read the other poem, and, if you are familiar with poetry, you’ll see they are not at all alike. An important part of healing is to do the work for ourselves.

              This is my poem, and my site, and I won’t allow toxic energy to harm the sweet and kind people who visit with me here. All are invited, but kindness has to prevail. Why anyone would assume things about me without knowing me, or do that to anyone else, seems to speak to a need better directed and met inward before sharing it.

              I wish you peace, and that you be safe and well in this time of illness.

            3. You, Loraine, should put forward the “italian quote”.. better yet, should have checked carefully and understand an eventual inspiration from a plagiarism.

        2. These words are so beautiful. I’ve seen it shared over and over these past days on social media. Thankfully, so far always with your name attached. Being a writer and a former reporter, I just had to find the author! Do you have any other social media accounts? I’d love to be able to direct people to you in sharing it. Thank you again and be well!

          1. Thank you, Geeta; your words are so very kind. You’ll probably laugh, but I have this blog for sharing my writing, and my Facebook account that I keep private. I still need someone to spend a few minutes with me and help me learn to navigate Twitter and Instagram, but to be honest, I like to keep most of my time for my husband and 4-leggeds, reading, and long walks. I don’t feel comfortable always being connected to “media,” and losing connection with my spirit and thoughts.

            Bless you, and be well and safe.

            1. So true and so wise of you. I am so grateful and feel so blessed to have been allowed to share your profound thoughts. They bring me immense comfort at this time of immense stress. Thank you and bless you Kitty.

        3. I found this piece on a meme a few days ago and shared it, then made it my cover photo. I truly hope that what many healers and thought leaders in the world and what many of us are saying, that this is the great shift we’ve been waiting and hoping for is true. I very much enjoyed reading everyone’s thoughts here and I want to share something that I’ve found EXTREMELY powerful and calming in this uncertain time… https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-SyZiwXKs0&feature=youtu.be

          1. Thank you, Tracy; it is so kind of you to share. I am happy you’re finding posts and ideas that affirm your spirit and creativity. Be well, and take care of yourself. Gentle peace, Tracy!

      2. Hi Kitty – thank you for your poem. It so beautifully encapsulates the hope of the current moment. I’d love to create a film from this – would you mind? Feel free to email me (julia.ngeow@gmail.com) Thank you and stay well 🙂 Julia.

      3. Hi, in Italy, on Facebook, the translation of your poem is turning a lot. But it is attributed to Kathleen O’Meara (1869). I am doing everything possible to correct the writer and I share the link to this page. It seems to me right that a beautiful thing should be given the right attribution.

        1. Thank you, Mauro; I am so sad about the pandemic’s fury in Italy. Thank you for writing and please take care of yourself! Be well, and gentle peace.

        2. Same here Kitty in England I have been correcting people about your beautiful thoughts. I have just read it yesterday in Italian with the attributed to the long passed Kathleen. You deserve the praise you are getting it is a lovely piece of work, well done.

      4. Hi, your poem has been clearly accentuate the whole scheme of this tough time. May all be rejoice in better time through your kind words. I have a favor, can I translate it to Bahasa Indonesia? Thank you very much. God bless.

    1. This is lovely, I really hope the earth will heal. I shared this text on Instagram but there didn’t seem to be any info on where it came from, I kept looking & found this!
      Thank you

      1. Thank you, Aileen; it’s amazing how a few words can affect open hearts…believe me, the Spirit is working hard as my co-author. Thank you so much for your time and kindness. Be well, dear one. Gentle peace.

    2. Beautiful. Just beautiful. Thank you Kitty for your Aires, they give hope and peace and se mede them so much nos.

      1. I’m sorry, my auto correct did a mess of it. I’ll try to rewrite the second part: Thank you, Kitty for your words, they give hope and peace and we need them so much now.

        1. Hi, Maria, no worries about auto-correct; we all deal with it! Thank you for your kind words, Maria. It means a lot that they resonated with so many people and brought them comfort. I hope it inspires them to take care and to create as well. Please be well and safe. Gentle peace, Maria.

    1. You wrote an incredible piece. May I reprint this in our Pacific Northwest GreenFriends Newsletter (USA). May I also reprint it on my personal blog Living, Learning and Letting Go? If it needs to be one or the other, then the newsletter would be the priority.

      1. Yes, please use if you like, and please also understand that every writer likes credit for her writing. My name is Kitty O’Meara. I appreciate your kindness in asking.

        1. Even way over here in Australia we have now discovered and love you. Thank you so much for crystallising hope in this overwhelming time – we had not had a chance to draw breath after our awful summer of deadly bushfires and now this is upon us. Your clear voice is most welcome and I will take the liberty of sharing even further on FaceBook. Goodonya!

          1. Wow, Teresa, you’re so right about all the sorrows heaped on your beautiful home over these many months. Such tragic losses. I so hope this time of relative stillness (for many of us) allows us to truly see what we’ve done to the earth and to be aware that she’s in triage, too. This is such an opportunity for healing.

            You take care! Thank you for your kind words and be well, Teresa.

        2. Kitty you are known throughout the World now and will be quoted for ever. Your words give me personally such hope for the future of our World and humankind.

    2. Your words have gone viral, literally overnight. The first time I read them, they made my heart pound! I thought I was the only one who felt, strangely, somewhat comforted and content staying home during this time of uncertainty.
      Thank you for your beautiful words.

      1. You know, Valerie, I saw the maps that showed such great reduction in the pollution over China, and then the clearing moved over Europe; I hope it’s happening here in my country, too…and I thought what good could come from a time of such suffering. Then, the Spirit knocked me upside the head and I cobbled out the poem and it kind of spun out of my control…another opportunity for self-awareness! I am so blessedly happy the small words have touched hearts and soothed.

        Gentle peace to you, and be well.

      1. You have a kind heart, Linda, but if everyone knows the words and feels them in their heart, that’s what matters. My love for the earth is my passion, and if we can allow her to heal and change how we live with her, it would be the best gift we ever gave ourselves.

  2. Good afternoon Ms. Kitty. I am an admirer of this beautiful verse that you wrote and posted on your blog today but did you know that it has been exploding all over Facebook today? People are wondering where the verse came from and who the author is. Just to let people know, you may want to release a statement about the source of the verse to give yourself credit. There are many misleading things going around on social media right now so knowing the true source of your words would be reassuring to many I’m sure. Thank you for such uplifting words!

    1. Yes, encountered some craziness on Deepak Chopra’s site, and I really just want to let it go. I wrote it and posted it on my little, personal Facebook page last Friday, and off it went: out of my control. I am so glad it touched your heart. Thank you for taking time to write me.

      1. Thank you so much for this! I posted on my FB page and have been searching for the author since. I have now posted a link to your blog. Your words have touched so many hearts, mine included. Thank you.

  3. I echo what Sheryl Pedersen said! There is a clamor from the folk looking for the origin of these lovely words. Thanks!

      1. The passage is being attributed to Kitty O’Meara. Is that you? If so, there was apparently another Kitty O’Meara from the 1800’s that people are assuming wrote it

        1. Yes, it is mine. I’m not from the 1800’s. I was struck by the way pollution was clearing over China, then Europe as quarantine set in, and I thought we could all both use this time for healing and heal the earth together. My work as a writer, spiritual director and chaplain influences my writing.

  4. Thank you for this, Kitty. It’s a beautiful piece and I, too, would like to see you credited. I have a young South African friend who was isolated in Haikou for about 2 months (Dec/Feb). When I asked her how she was coping, she said that she actually enjoyed having the time to be creative…she wrote poetry, did yoga, danced, learned how to play the drums, learned how to do the dragon dance (with ribbons), experimented with cooking vegan dishes. To her also, it was a gift. Thanks again.

  5. Oh, I love this! I was thinking about that today…all the things that jobs and life and genuine responsibilities keep us from pursuing, and all the while we have these “if only” dreams. What a wonderful thing if people responded like your friend.

    Thank you so much for visiting, and gentle peace.

  6. Also loved this…And the people began to think differently…this virus will change everything,…the effect on climate change has already been seen.xxx

    1. Oh, my dear. I felt useless, not being in healthcare anymore, and thought maybe writing a few words would be something I could do. Now, to figure out how to post photos again. I’m a techno loser. 😜

      Love you and hold your wellness and that of your beautiful all-ness in my heart.

  7. hi kitty!
    just thought you would like to know that people are sharing your beautiful words.
    this quote has been shared on all sorts of social media, i found it on instagram and was very touched 🙂

    1. Isn’t that something?! The spirit is certainly in control; as you can see, I’ve been writing forever and am not gifted or wise enough to publicize my writing that well! Ha!

      Thank you for visiting and take good care of yourself and loved ones.

  8. Beautifully written. This is the world I hope to live in. There is so much potential for us all during difficult times, I hope everyone can become better in many ways. Thank you!

  9. I agree, with all our weaknesses, of course, but with sooooo much potential and creativity!

    I hope that happens, Mike. Some of us are blessed to have this gift of time to reflect and change, and we will witness so much sufferingin the process. It has to leave us changed, and why not in ways that are blessing?

    Take good care and gentle peace.

  10. There is, I think, a spirit of love that guides and protects us, not magically, or in a way that spares us suffering, but by traveling with and beside us, so when we’re really seeking, we find what we need. Gentle peace, Selena. Be well.

  11. Beautiful words indeed, they came at the right time. I am Lulu from South Africa, an academic reading beautiful words indeed expands my thought but is nice to read something that detox. Right now with the pandemic I feel to move away from news but very hard to do so. I got the tips from your text. Thank you very much for saving my brain. I was about to blowny skull.

    1. You take care of yourself, dear one. Your skull is precious; keep it intact. 🙂 These are very challenging times and we can connect in these wonderful ways to offer support and concern and genuine love. Do try to take time for your sweet spirit to relax and gain strength, away from all the chaos, when possible. Thank you for sharing kind words.

  12. Hi, Kitty. It took some time to find you, and I’m glad I did. On behalf of the many – now possibly millions – of people this particular entry has touched, thank you. It is a perfect salve. The muse was definitely with you on this day. I’m looking forward to reading more. Be well!

    1. It was the muse, the Spirit, that’s for sure. I tossed it off and posted it to my small group of Facebook friends, and 3 days later, Deepak Chopra was reading it…there you go: invitations everywhere. I’m glad so many were touched and felt comforted, which is all that matters.

      Take good care and be well, Bob!

  13. this is so so beautiful I hope it’s ok to share and credit you of course. It will help a lot of people. For me it was such a poetic and soothing balm..

    1. Thank you for kind words; it means soooo much to me that the words I shared were comforting to others. The Spirit moves in lovely ways, and that’s what we need to stay open to, more than ever. Take great care, Colette, and be well.

  14. Oh,Kitty! SO glad to see your post in my box. Blessings and THANKFUL that you are sharing your precious perspective.

    1. We’re certainly being invited to slow down, aren’t we? Many seeds to be planted and great patience as we tend them. Thank you for taking time to share, and know how you have touched me by doing so. Take great care and be well!

  15. Greetings from across the ocean – Thank you for your inspiring, positive and peaceful message, coming at a time when we really need it, everywhere on this troubled planet. Stay safe!

    1. It is, in many ways, a grand time to be alive in the sense that we are witnessing the heights and depths of what it means to be human, and I feel challenged to evolve while I have the time. Gentle peace and be well!

  16. As one staying home, I’m also watching the news and watching developments via the internet. Good to see so much evidence of people’s Higher Selves in evidence! Good too to see it recognized and built upon by proposing a general higher awareness to follow!

  17. Thank you for this, I’m glad I ‘stumble’ on it on Instagram and to have found the origin. Your blog is lovely, I see you hadn’t written for sometime, I encourage you take it up again, you have a gift to share, you and your muse obviously have touched many people. This piece has the quality of a fable, a biblical story, and hopefully, if enough people read it, as an affirmation of possibilities. I would like to share it on my blog, I absolutely give credit to authorship. Peace, Health and Blessings to you and your loved ones. ❤

    1. You’re right, PJ. I was feeling so frustrated and blue that my friends in healthcare are struggling so desparately, and I’m now at home, seemingly doing nothing to help anyone. My husband told me to start writing. It’s funny, when you have a gift, even a small one, it comes naturally and you don’t often see that it’s truly a gift (and gifts are for giving away), so I wrote this and posted it on my small and personal facebook page, and one friend shared it…Lesson learned, again: Name and know and use your gifts. We all have them and they’re all necessary to heal ourselves and the earth be well. Gentle peace..

      Bless you, PJ, and gentle peace.

  18. I love your writing, your insights. Please write more- and, selfishly i want to be a regular reader of your thoughts. Please make me a recipient of your blog.
    Great thanks.

    1. Thank you, Deborah! This blog goes back quite a few years; there’s probably a lot more to read than you’d like! But I’m sure happy you enjoy it and have joined its readers. Please take care and be well.

  19. Thank you for these inspiring and healing words. They echoed deeply in me, as with so many others. They give a voice to what we know is so urgently needed, but felt powerless to do, caught in the devouring relentless mechanic of our lives. Slow down, stop, become more conscious, heal… We have know for some time that we have to do it but be believed it was impossible. And here we are.
    So a heartfelt gratitude for your words. I am discovering your blog but already I feel you have a beautiful heart.

    One thought came to my mind… Perhaps could I translate this message into French? (I’m actually French, was born there from American mother and French father)
    I don’t have many followers at all, but I could then share it with my family and friends there. Happy to give you credit and share your blog of course!

    1. Thank you, Thomas; it’s OK, but yes, I do appreciate credit for my work. And could you give me your blog address? I’d enjoy seeing your translation and to read what you’re writing. I’m glad to hear you’re focused on slowing down and trying to be attentive…it’s lifelong work, isn’t it? Take care and be well. Joy to your spirit.

      1. Oh I’m sorry if I mislead you. I don’t have a blog. I meant I don’t many followers on Facebook or social media in general. In fact I don’t use those that much. I just thought about sharing your words on the pandemic with relatives and friends. Giving you credit of course! As I already did on a FB page where I found the quote… I tracked down your name and gave a link to this blog.

        1. That’s wonderful. I hope you are safe and well, and that you’ll visit this blog and share the unique insights that someone who doesn’t spend much time with social media is BOUND to have! 🙂 Bless you, and gentle peace.

  20. Many thanks for articulating the purpose of this pandemic. It all has seemed remarkably senseless to me until I read your words and then the whole crisis came into focus and took on a new color and shape. The human race WILL get a second chance and be able to heal and make new choices. Blessings, light, and gratitude going out to you and your voice of hope.

    1. Oh, I hope we make this a reality, and see the gift of this time as we endure the suffering and loss. There are so many better ways to live and move and have our being on this planet, and we know this, profoundly, and are so capable of making better choices. I hope the stillness gestates new life in all of us.

      Blessings and gentle peace to you, Janet!

    2. I was feeling very sorrowful as I watched the crumbling of life as I knew it. It’s so strange to be a witness to what you almost can’t put into words. And then I saw this on Twitter and it was a healing balm to my heart. The deep truth of your words resonated within me, and I knew, the seeds for this new way of being had been sown long ago. Thank you for lighting the way in this darkness.

      1. Oh, Maddox, I think you found the perfect words; what an honor to read them. Whenever we were low growing up, my mother would say, as her grandmother had, “Be of good cheer.” It became a family saying, and I’m now offering it to you. There is still so much that can give us joy, and yes, there are tender seedlings to nurture. Bless you and be well.

  21. Wondering if I can use your words with full attribution at the end of an essay I’m writing about mitigating pandemics at their root through transition from degenerative to regenerative economies. Thank you for summarizing so succinctly a vision, in past tense no less, of the standard to which we must rise as a species.

  22. I’m definitely not your target audience but your words touched me in a profound manner. I really appreciate this positivity and outlook, and I’m glad to see your quote ‘trending,’ as it were. . .I’m also glad I was able to find that you are a modern, real person and not a ghost from the past or something made up. Thank you for the spiritual lift. You are appreciated.

    1. Ha ha, Evan; a couple of weeks ago, my husband says, I would have responded, “What’s a target? What’s an audience?” I’ve written for years, and quit the blog a couple years ago, because I thought I was just writing notes to myself and close friends. Seeing my sadness with the pandemic’s horror upon us, my husband urged me to start writing again. The point is to write what I’m thinking and feeling and believe, and not to worry how it sails when I cast it off…Exactly what I would have said to everyone I’ve ever taught, counseled, loved. And he was right. Using our gifts, however small, heals US, and that healing heals others. Or not. But be and do what you’re here to be and do, anyway.

      You sound exactly like someone I would welcome as a reader. Nope, I’m not a ghost, yet; I’m just an average person who tries and fails, gives up, and then is encouraged by another loving human to try again. Why we’re here.

      Be well and gentle peace, Evan.

  23. Saw this on a friends Facebook page & with a little hunting, traced it back here. I left a link to this page & put your name in the comments. Thank you for sharing!!

  24. I discovered your incredibly powerful verse a couple of days ago and have been sharing on my Facebook and Instagram, with your name and link to this blog. The reactions have been phenomenal, this is exactly what people need to hear right now, it hits right in the heart with a very positive goosebumps-on-skin tingling energy! THANK YOU so much, I this verse has become a poetic “symbol” of the times we are finding ourselves in. The Beginning of Times…

    1. I love that, Jools! Yes, the last time had ended, and the new time began! Thank you for your kindness in writing and taking the time to share. Be well, and gentle peace.

  25. Thank you! This beautiful verse has now become somewhat of a “icon” of the times we live in. I’ve share this on my Facebook and IG with a credit and link to this blog. The reactions from people have been phenomenal, exactly what we need right now. THANK YOU for the hope and positivity 🙏🌱

    1. Entirely out of my control, so I believe it was a moment of inspiration from the Spirit/Love, and I am so happy it’s offering comfort and peace. Sitting out the virus mad me feel very useless and my husband encouraged me to start writing again; there you have it. Let go of judging your gifts and just use them. 🙂 Gentle peace, Julia; be well.

  26. My friend Ethan just shared with me your posting and it has made my day. I will now join your group. Thank you for your beautiful, inspiring and soothing poetic message. It give us so much hope. It is a meditation, a prayer, a mantra that we all can use to visualize that moment you describe. I’m confident that a new collective consciousness will be born across the whole world for social and environmental justice, peace and compassion.

  27. Kitty! Your words have resonated around the world!! You articulated so elegantly the hope and change we are craving. I’m seeing your words in so many disparate places – warming my heart! I shared them too on my blog, so in that small way they continue with life and breath!! All the best and thank you, thank you!! I will continue to check in on your blog.

  28. Kitty: your words resumes the times we are living in, beautiful piece of art, love and hope for this frightful moments, thank you❤️

  29. Hello Kitty,
    I’m a graduate student in NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Your words were suddenly all over my feed this morning and I was wondering if I might get in touch with you about the rapid spread of this quote of yours.

    Please let me know if you’re able to either exchange contact information, or speak via phone or application.

    Many thanks,
    Justin

  30. Hello Kitty,

    I’m a graduate student at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. I’m writing you because your work here has suddenly exploded in popularity and I’ve seen it crop up in multiple places. I was wondering if I might be able to arrange a phone interview with you to discuss its rapid spread and also to get a picture of who you are.

    The piece is for coursework, although there are possibilities of publishing. I’m excited to tell your story, so please let me know at your earliest possible convenience if you’re able to speak with me. I’ll use whatever means of communication you prefer.

    Many thanks,
    Justin McGown

    Many thanks,
    Justin

  31. Hi, Justin,
    It’s kind of you to write. I’m not comfortable sharing my contact data on an open blog page. Perhaps, down the road, we can figure out a way to chat. But I’ll tell you, I’m a very average person, trying to do her best. 🙂

    Take care, and be well.

      1. Uncertain is this will reach you, Justin, but I did try to e-mail you a few days ago. My address loves to sail into spam, so maybe you missed it, or had more important things to tend. I hope you are well.

  32. Kitty, thank you for your words of light in this dark moment. We all hope for this change this awakening inside our selves, inside our community and inside our world. Spirit within us, lead the way.

  33. Thank you for taking time to write, Donna. Absolutely, Spirit’s in charge, and requires our stillness and active listening. Gentle peace to you, and be well.

  34. Hi Kitty,

    Thank you for writing such a wonderful piece, it really shed some light into what are feeling like darker days. I was wondering if you would be interested in contributing to a charity poetry collection I’m thinking of putting together? To help those most at risk. If you are interested I would love to chat some more, you can contact me via email or on socials!

    I hope you have a great day.

    Take Care,
    Shola

    1. Many requests, Shola, so please feel free, but I appreciate receiving credit. I love the idea of poetry for people at risk and am honored you asked. Be well, and gentle peace.

  35. Hi Kitty!! Finally found you!! My name is Marcio and I’m Brazilian (forgive my poor English) but I don’t have enough words to say “thank you” for yout text. Really, you made my day and gave hope for me and my people, friends, family… Thank you so much!! Really!!

    1. Oh, Marcio, how sweet you are to take time to find me, and I’m so happy you did! Love to you and your family in Brazil. Be well and take care of yourself. Gentle peace.

  36. You wrote this yesterday??? I’ve seen it quoted and posted long ago?? Can you give us some insight s to when you wrote it ?

    1. I wrote this last Friday and posted it on my private Facebook page. You didn’t see it before that. A friend asked to re-post it that night. It went viral over the weekend, and many interesting and some unpleasant things have since occurred. My darling husband urged me to start up the blog again because he “loves my writing,” and we thought it might be a good way to do something positive while we’re quarantined at home, so I began with this piece. I’m so touched that it spoke to so many hearts. I hope it also inspires people to create using their gifts as well. We need to change how we’re being with each other and to the earth.

      Thank you for writing. Take care and be safe.

  37. Kitty, your words have move me to tears and given me a chance to exhale from the depth of my anxious chest. Thank you so very much for sharing them publicly.
    MEP- Omaha,Nebraska, USA

  38. Oh, you dear darling, keep breathing mindfully, and go gently. Thank you for your kindness to me, and take good care of yourself.
    Be well and stay safe. Gentle peace.

  39. Hi Kitty,
    Thankfully you were clear enough and brave enough to write and publish these beautiful words. I too leave my writing because I feel it falls in deaf ears. You are touching many people. Stay brave and keep writing your deep and meaningful words, the world needs you.
    (If you ever need help to publish a book and/or your work please feel free to contact me,
    Try not to concern yourself about the negative comments, if any, you know how important your words are).

    1. Thank you, Stephen; it’s very king of you to take time to write. We’re all in different places, so I know what I write won’t reach everyone. It’s very lovely that so many have felt comforted.

      Please take care of yourself, and be well. Thank you, again, and gentle peace.

  40. I am, yes. That’s quite a compliment; I’m curious if he’s thinking of a specific tale?! Actually, right now I’m re-reading Camus’ The Plague, but I think The Decameron would be a good follow-up. It’s helpful to recall times like the Black Death have been endured by humanity before, and to read their responses, and refresh our hope that life will go on, possibly in more loving, and wiser ways.

    Thank you so much for writing; I appreciate it! Be well, and gentle peace.

    1. Lisa, thank you; that makes me so happy. This was an allegory to address our individual transformation, but more so, our lives in community. Blessings and gentle peace to you, and to all in Missoula, a wonderful, beautiful place to heal. 🙂

  41. Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful heartfelt sentiments! Embracing the time we have to go within, dig deep, nourish our souls and come back to live our best lives and contribute to the greater good. I had to track down the author and I’m so glad I did. All credit to you 👏🥰 May you be well and everyone who reads your poem to inspire optimism 🙏🏻

    1. I agree, Cally. The dramatic slowing down and gift of time for so many of us can be used in so many creative and transformative ways…the choices are up to each of us and the challenges require stillness and deep reflection. I wish you great peace and a merry heat on the journey. Be well.

    1. I can’t be in control of all that. My name is not unique, but I am, and so is my writing. I believe all artists are inspired by the collective unconscious and, more importantly to me, by the Spirit. This is a time for peace and healing. Be well, and gentle peace.

  42. Hi Kitty,
    thanks for this beautiful poem. I think you’re already aware that it’s going worldiwide viral with most of the people who are sharing it that don’t even know who’s the author. I’ve read stuff like “Catheleen O’Meara, written during the 1800 plague” 😀
    In my small way, I shared it on my facebook page an italian traslated version linking to the original version on your blog.
    Thaks again

    1. Thank you for your kindness, Fulvio. I am so moved by the bravery and suffering in your country and send my prayers to all. It’s natural to seek out an artist who touches us, and when it travels to us virally, as it can these days, and is by an unknown artist, which most of us are, then there will be confusion. The focus should be on the feelings we’re feeling, and on our healing and transformation. Please take care of your precious life and of those you love. Now, you’re in my heart and prayers, too. Be well.

  43. I wrote it and posted it last week, on my Facebook page. Irene has also written a poem, completely different, but I hope inspired by the same impulse: to heal. Be well, and peace to you and the people in Italy.

  44. Dear Miss Kitty,

    Thank God for your husband who encouraged you to share your gift again. What a blessing to have a spouse who knows the power of your gifting. Thanks to your friends who shared your gift for all to see allowing us to understand that goodness spreads faster than any deadly virus. A special thanks to you for your humility and courage to share your gift. Your words have already started the healing process. Each word is like a balm to our wounded spirits and a salve to our mounting fears. Naturally, everyone is trying to reach out to you as we always want to be near the source of hope and goodness. Like others, I wish to share your quote on my website and in my posts. I would love to talk with you sometime. I will of course be sure to honor you by giving you full credit for your gift. May God’s spirit continue to allow your words to flow with ease.

    Sincerely,
    Cheryl Lundy Swift

  45. Thank you for praising my dear husband, whose encouragement, support, and ability to make me laugh are the greatest gifts in my life. That is the power of love, and I try to honor the gratitude and engage in the right actions it demands, every day. I fail, and try again.

    I am so thrilled the Spirit (my co-author) and I created words that comforted so many. And I am so honored by your kind words and recognition that we all need connection and peace to proceed with the important work of transformation we each can choose to enter and explore at this time.

    I hope you’ll continue to visit and to share your thoughts; they enrich us all.

    Be well, and gentle peace, Cheryl.

  46. Dearest Kitty,

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful words which are raining down a healing balm on my soul this morning. I’d love to re-post this poem for my Open Air Places readers, and will certainly credit you and link back to this page so they can discover more of your work. Sending you all the very best from Wisconsin.

    1. Hi, Jenna,

      Yay, Wisconsin! Go, Badgers, and Go, Marquette (my alma mater)!

      I am so happy my words offered comfort; we all need that, don’t we? Yes, please share with your readers and I appreciate your asking and crediting me. That is kind of you.

      Take care and be well. Gentle peace, Jenna.

  47. Kitty,
    For the first time during this scare, I feel a sense of peace and a sense of hope. These words feel true, and we are already seeing ways that the Earth is healing. I pray we all can bring your words to life. Thank you so much for providing this hope and light in such a time of darkness.

    1. We all have words to bring to life, I think, during this time of mystery and suffering. So many choices, and the hard work of transformation lie before us. We can do this, in community and love…keep taking good care of yourself. Gentle peace.

    1. Thank you, dear one. Your words, photos, and music continue to feed my spirit in ways you cannot imagine! I am glad to have your support and your many gifts in my life. Be well, my friend.

  48. Dear Kitty,
    I’d like to thank for writing such a beautiful poem which came to me through social media. I was so profoundly moved that I had to read it again and again, and felt the need to share it with most people I connected with since I first read it (I’m not quite used to do this kind of things…). Still trying to understand why it moved me so much. I feel this is exactly what’s going through my mind these days. Thank you! There was also an image I received at the same moment, which I quite liked. Was that also coming from you? If fine for you, I’d like to put your postt in my blog, with your credits obviously. This also was the opportunity to discover your blog and so profound thoughts, which I really identify with, that I need to come back again for a deeper review. Thanks again for sharing all this in your blog over the years. Thank you!

  49. HI, Laurent, I think we’re all trying to understand many things as we walk into this mystery place and, maybe, we have to set down those deeply human needs to organize, and label, and know what’s coming next, and just be with the people, 4-leggeds, tasks, and healthy methods of self-care right before us. It’s important to take moments of calm, peace, and rest when we ‘re able.

    Please take care of yourself and be well, my friend. Thank you for visiting and for sharing your kind and sensitive words. Gentle peace.

  50. Hi to all. I recommend, wherever you are in the world. Don’t underestimate SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19). In Italy it is terrible, despite the fact that the public health service works quite well. But the problem with the virus is that it requires many places in the resuscitation room with forced ventilation. Everything is done here. Don’t underestimate it, please.

  51. Hi Kitty
    Your beautiful poem is touching so many on the internet. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world! It has such a calming, healing spirit to it. My pastor at Lake Oswego United Methodist Church would like to read your poem as a part of her benediction this Sunday with your permission. We are having “online church” and this would be such a comfort to so many.
    Thank you for your beautiful work!
    Pam

    1. Oh, my goodness, Pam: Perfect! Thank you for your kindness and blessings to all in your church and community. Be well, dear ones, and gentle peace!

    1. I’m sorry I’m not able to read Italian, but I will copy and translate when time allows. What is wonderful is that you took time and wrote to me. Please be well and safe. I send love and prayers to Italy, always. What brave and beautiful people! Gentle peace.

  52. Thank you for sharing. It’s been translated into Italian. It is going viral on Whatsapp, but it was spread as something written during a plague in the 19th century. This was posted today to rectify the matter and give you proper credit:
    https://www.bufale.net/la-bufala-della-poesia-scritta-durante-lepidemia-della-peste-nel-1800/

    This is the Italian translation. I want you to know that your poem is bringing healing to my suffering, beautiful native country. This Italian in the US is very grateful to you. Thank you.

    “E la gente rimase a casa
    E lesse libri e ascoltò
    E si riposò e fece esercizi
    E fece arte e giocò
    E imparò nuovi modi di essere
    E si fermò

    E ascoltò più in profondità
    Qualcuno meditava
    Qualcuno pregava
    Qualcuno ballava
    Qualcuno incontrò la propria ombra
    E la gente cominciò a pensare in modo differente

    E la gente guarì.
    E nell’assenza di gente che viveva
    In modi ignoranti
    Pericolosi
    Senza senso e senza cuore,
    Anche la terra cominciò a guarire

    E quando il pericolo finì
    E la gente si ritrovò
    Si addolorarono per i morti
    E fecero nuove scelte
    E sognarono nuove visioni
    E crearono nuovi modi di vivere
    E guarirono completamente la terra
    Così come erano guariti loro”.

  53. Oh, how kind if you; thank you! I am very much alive in this century. 😉 I appreciate this so much, and wish I could read and speak it out loud. Such a beautiful language! I am so worried about your country and beautiful people. I loved seeing people singing to each other. How perfect! Gentle peace to you, and be safe. ♥️

  54. I have just shared this with my friends in Australia, after it was posted (with credit) at the end of an update newsletter from Byron Writers Festival, here in northern New South Wales. Your words exemplify loving kindness, and a beautiful attitude toward the world. Thank you.

  55. Thank you for sharing with your friends, and for taking time to visit and offer your kindness to me. Take great care and be well. Gentle peace, Kate.

  56. Hi 🙂
    Thank you so much for these words. They are full of hope and Beauty!
    Greetings from Italy!

    Elisabetta

    1. Oh, my goodness, what a beautiful name, Elisabetta! You are very kind, and I pray, you are very safe, and well. I send my love and prayers to your beautiful people and country. Gentle peace.

  57. Dear Kitty,
    as some people posted, I reached your writing through italian media. Now realised that you wrote it in those days, congratulations for those heart touching words. If you don’t mind, I translate your words to my language, catalan (just one doubt, I wrote Terra – earth- in capitals, as our planet. Is that right?) and posted on Facebbok with a link to this page.

    Thank you!!!!

    I la gent es va quedar a casa
    i llegia llibres i escoltava
    i descansava i feia exercici
    i feia art i jugava
    i va aprendre noves maneres de ser
    i es va aturar
    i escoltava més profundament
    algú meditava
    algú resava
    algú ballava
    algú va conèixer la seva ombra
    i la gent va començar a pensar diferent
    i la gent va guarir
    i a falta de gent que visqués de manera ignorant,
    perillosa, sense sentit i sense cor,
    fins i tot la Terra es va començar a guarir
    i quan va acabar el perill
    i la gent es va retrobar
    va compartir el dol per les persones mortes
    i van prendre noves opcions
    i van somiar amb noves visions
    i van crear noves maneres de viure
    i van guarir completament la Terra
    de la mateixa manera que es van guarir a ells mateixos.

    1. Oh, David, I would love to hear you read this aloud; I know it would be beautiful! Take care of your shining spirit and and health; be well and create, dear friend.

      1. Kitty,
        I love this work of yours. It truly gives words to the perspective with which I observe these events. It does seem that you are being confused with a 19th century author by the name of Kathleen O’Meara.

  58. The most wonderful poem ever~ I have shared and credited you for writing these words that mean so much during this time~ Thank you~

    1. How kind, Lisa! I can assure you, though, that there are many, many wonderful poems to feed your spirit during this time. I’m sure glad mine was one that touched you; that means the world to me. Now, please take care of yourself and be safe, Lisa! Joy, and gentle peace.

  59. Hi Kitty- can you help clear this up between my friends and I-
    Is your name Kitty O’Meara?
    We are getting confused between
    the Poem written by Kathleen O’Meara, appeared in her second novel written in we think- 1869-“Iza’s Story”
    You simply calked her Kitty O’Meara( her pen name was Grace Ramsay)
    or are you saying the poem was written by you?

    1. I’m was confused too.
      But I also done a little investigation.
      This words are spreading as words from Iza’s Story (1869), but they do not appear in Iza’s Story, as many claim.
      The book has been digitized by the British Library and is freely available, it does not seem to me that these words appear in it. these words appear in it (I haven’t read it all but there is an automatic word search in the digital version, of course)
      Here are the links for the text (3 volumes):
      http://access.bl.uk/item/viewer/ark:/81055/vdc_000000050BDA?cv=5
      http://access.bl.uk/viewer/ark:/81055/vdc_000000050C2E?cv=5
      http://access.bl.uk/viewer/ark:/81055/vdc_000000050C76?cv=5
      Moreover, I have not found this poem on the internet before its publication on this blog.
      In short, this poem is by kitty

      Thank you Kitty!
      🙂

  60. Here in Berkeley CA, we’re on lockdown so our faith community, the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, is taking our services online through live-streaming on YouTube and Facebook. We love your poem and would like to include it in our service on 3/22. There are different copyright rules for broadcasting than for printed material. May we use it, making sure to give you proper credit, of course? joannafoley33@gmail.com

  61. We at STATE of MIND, a community radio show and podcast in Santa Cruz, California, would love to recite your encouraging poem (and credit you as the author) on our April podcast, “Mental Health First Aid.”  Your poem could be a beacon of guidance for our listeners in this difficult time.  You can respond to this request here or jennifer.stateofmind@gmail.com. Thank you for this wonderful contribution! 

    1. Hi Kitty, I forgot to ask if you have an audio file of this poem. It would be wonderful if you could give permission (and send an audio version, if you have one) as soon as possible, as we are working hard to pull the podcast together this weekend. . Thank you again for your artistry and vision.

  62. Hi Kitty, I am slightly disappointed to see that this poem reads very similarly to the 1839 poem by Grace Ramsay. Is there a reason?

    1. Welcome, Mel.

      I have some invitations for you.

      First, learn how to do scholarly research. It is not accomplished by tacking together a fabricated reality from googled sources.

      Next, take time daily to soften and examine the energy you offer yourself and the world. Jung called this shadow work and Ignatius called it an examination of conscience. It’s necessary that we all do this to deepen our healing and wholeness. It’s work and it’s a choice. We are each responsible for our own growth.

      It involves asking questions and sitting with the answers, and then going deeper, as we are able. If we have derived joy from passively-aggressively making hurtful comments to a complete stranger, or to anyone, we can explore what feelings moved us to do so, for surely that is not the work of the Spirit of love in or hearts. It’s not who we want to be. Healing involves great doses of forgiveness (of self and others), great honesty, gentleness, and love. We all deserve this. Follow the triggers and pokes others evoke from your shadow. Negative comments, for example, often indicate someone’s manner, speech, success, presence, etc., has poked a shadow feeling, something we feel about ourselves and do not want to meet.

      Take it deeper: Is there a hurt, loss, grief, anger, rejection, shame, (and so on) hiding inside that can only find safety by projecting out towards others? What is missing in your life and heart that would soothe this feeling? Can you meet this feeling, and name it, and assure it of your love? Our shadows are not our enemies. In some ways, they protect us from deeper hurts, so go only as far as you can while still feeling safe. Professional counselors are available and this is their passion and expertise. Do the work. Every day.

      Heal. Again.

      Finally, create, in the unique ways you came to create, works of art that speak of your healing and love to the world.

      These are all choices and some are scary. This is a scary time. Love is winning, everywhere I look. I send love to you, Mel, and please let me know, if you choose to welcome any of my invitations, how I can help support you further.

      Be well, gentle peace.

      https://the-daily-round.com/2020/03/20/unpacking-virulence/

  63. This was a beautiful poem! So uplifting in this uncertain time! Thanks so much for sharing this to the world. God Bless! From Cebu, Philippines

    1. Blessings to you as well, Cat! I hope you are well and safe. I have friends in the Philippines, and try to keep updated on how you are managing during this troubling time. Thank you for your kindness in writing. Take care and gentle peace.

  64. Dear Kitty,
    I really enjoyed your poem, the feelings you express and the emotions you convey. I also liked your piece on “Unpacking virulence”. Several readers have questioned the originality of your poem, stating there is a very similar composition in “Iza’s Story” by Kathleen O’Meara alias Grace Ramsay. I have a request for those who doubt your authorship: I would like them to please produce evidence and/or a copy of Ramsay’s poem, like a photocopy from her book. Otherwise, I wish they will abstain from any sort of accusations.
    Others have referred to a poem by Italian journalist Irene Vella and you have already replied – the two poems address similar concerns but are indeed different. In these exceptional times, I hope everybody will try to have kindness and positivity at heart.

    1. Hi, Alessia,
      Thank you for writing. I hope you are well and able to stay safe. Thank you so much for taking time to write. We can let go of worry about small things at this time and look for the comfort, inspiration, and peace we are offering each other. Please be well, and gentle peace.

    2. Dear Alessia and those who search for information,
      there is an article from an italian website (bufale.net) that explains this case. For those who speak or understand italian this is the link: https://www.bufale.net/la-bufala-della-poesia-scritta-durante-lepidemia-della-peste-nel-1800/
      Regarding the poem in “Iza’s story”, you can find that there is no evidence of this poem visiting “the British Library virtually at this address https://www.bl.uk/. The British Library’s official website allows free consultation of online books, and the contents of each volume are indexed to allow bibliographic research. We found both editions of Kathleen O’Meara/Grace Ramsay’s book: “Iza’s Story” (1869) (http://access.bl.uk/item/viewer/ark:/81055/vdc_000000050C76#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=324&xywh=-961%2C302%2C4236%2C2205) and “Iza: A story of life in Russian-Poland” (1877) (http://access.bl.uk/item/viewer/ark:/81055/vdc_000000036252?fbclid=IwAR3yHvKPZXpM1TLyyoG9lk0KgnvAGx6woL6SUzhJW-roxXp0UlQVUAtpMRI#?c=0&m=0&s=0&cv=101&xywh=-1554%2C-115%2C4354%2C2267). As you can certainly verify – given that online consultation allows you to search through keywords within the volumes required – there is no evidence of viral poetry. No poem in the books consulted, no writing inspired by the plague.”
      I hope this information would help on this matter.
      Kind regards to all.

      1. Thank you, David, how very kind of you to use your gifts so well! The internet is a great blessing, if we use it wisely, isn’t it?! Please take care of yourself, my friend, and be well. Love and gentle peace, Kitty

  65. I pray this is a prophecy, not only the poem that defines the era. This is get-you-on-Oprah level writing.😁 I look forward to reading more!

    1. Hi, Kerry…I see the time as an opportunity to really examine our lives and cultures, the architecture of how we interact and design our societies Altruism, yes, but there are real possibilities. We will still be human, but we can make real and better choices for ourselves and the earth. Hard work, but possible. So many are suffering, enduring loss, dying; we cannot allow these things to happen in vain. So, I hope.

      Thank you for writing; be well and safe. Gentle peace.

  66. Hi Kitty, I absolutely love this poem, would I be able to use the text in a motivational film, and bring it to life with images and animated text? Obviously I’d be crediting you! I wish you peace regardless x

    1. Hi, Scott, thank you for writing and for asking; that is kind of you. I so not want these words used for commercial gain; that really goes against the spirit of the words. But if you are doing this as something to offer freely, then please use them, and in peace. I love that so many artists are using them for collaboration and extension of the themes. Be well and stay safe.

  67. Dear Kitity, I confess I’m one of the people who shared your spirit-filled, inspiring poem on Facebook and I ask your forgiveness for doing this without requesting permission. Even though I knew I should have asked, I was so moved by it that I wanted everyone I know to read it and I acted accordingly. Your biography resonated with me. I did a CPE internship in the late 1980’s and so wanted to become a hospital chaplain but it wasn’t possible. I am widowed and my children are all grown and live away so I have four-legged companions as you do. I have two Great Pyrenees dogs and three cats that make life beautiful . Most of all your spirituality resonates with me deeply; you live guided by the Spirit which is what I try to do. God bless you. Dana

    1. Dear Dana, as I have told others, I am not at all upset that people have shared and have received comfort from this poem; it is a deep honor and blessing. Share away. I pray people do not use my words for commercial endeavors; that is antithetical to the spirit of these words. And they are the Spirit’s, as you know. I love how people are using the poem to make collaborative art. How beautiful!

      Your companions sound delightful! I hope you are safe and well, and remain that way, and that the same is true for your children and their families, Dana. Take great care, and gentle peace.

  68. Hi Kitty, I was so moved by what you wrote I had to film a video to accompany it. here is the link

    many thanks<3
    Amos

    1. Amos, this is beautiful; you should be proud of all the creativity you put into this! I hope people will enjoy it as much as we did. Be safe and well, and great gentle peace to you. Keep creating!

  69. Dear Kitty, This is a wonderful dream for our future! At our preaching website at TrueQuest Communications in Chicago, we’d like to excerpt or perhaps use all of your short reflection above to inspire our homilists. Can we get permissions for this? Please advise. –Alice Camille at http://www.alicecamille.com

  70. Thank you for visiting and for your kindness, Alice. Yes, please use “In the Time of Pandemic,” if you wish. My understanding is that this is not being used for any commercial gain; if that’s the case, proceed. I hope you are well and safe. Gentle peace..

    1. Thank you for this link to your post, Joujos. I have been praying along similar lines. There is so much we can learn from this illness and its metaphors, and I can see how some people fear we might do exactly that, that they’ll lose their power and wealth as we grow wiser and stronger regarding our own power to choose how we live on the earth and in community.

      I do not expect utopia, but equity, kindness, balance…these are all things we can invite in ourselves and each other. So I posted “Part II” this morning, to meet these questions and encourage us to keep going within, to bring greater peace and love without. We can change.

      I send you great love and gentle peace. Thank you, again, for shining the truth and sharing your gifts. Be safe and well.

  71. Hello Kitty, an association of Guidance counsellors in Spain wants to use your text “In pandemic times”, translated to Spanish, in a digital journal that we are doing about Reccomendations to teachers and students in the Covid19 crisis. It’s a totally free journal. We would like to have your permission to use it. Thank you very much

  72. Yes, Ana, anything for teachers and students! And thank you for clarifying that this is not for commercial use. Be safe and well. Blessings, and gentle peace.

  73. Kitty, I am delighted to have been able to chase down the source of this wonderful message, thank you so much. It is beautiful. I am handling the pandemic mostly by taking reasonable care, of course, but also by being as encouraging and informative as I can. As such, I would love very much to share this, with full credit of course. (It reminds me, by the way, of Susan Cooper’s “The Shortest Day”–lovely!) It is our first full day of lockdown here in my town, and I know we can use all the courage and encouragement.

    I’d love to subscribe to your blog, and hope I’ve done so by checking the “Notify me of new posts via email.”

    1. Thank you for taking the time to write and share, Kate. Yes, please feel free to share the words and take good care of your body and spirit.

      I love Susan Cooper! Thought I might reread “The Dark is Rising” books during this time.

      Be safe and well, Kate. Gentle peace to you.

      1. Thank you so much. We’re doing our best here…I suspect it’s a good time to be an introvert, which I am. Doing as much good as I can from the safety of my home territory, and your words will help in that effort. And oh yes, what a perfect choice of reading material! I loved that series…

  74. Hi again Kitty/
    I finished the calligraphy piece I mentioned to you earlier and would love to get you a copy…
    Perhaps if you “friend” me on FB
    (Cindi Kordell), you can private message me and I will mail you a copy.
    I posted on FB and Instagram (though I don’t think it does it justice there),
    But I would love to get you a copy!
    Blessings,
    Cindi

    1. I love the way you’re using your gifts, Cindi; glad we connected. Please take good care! Gentle peace to your generous spirit. Love, Kitty

  75. Hi kitty, you should have and instagram account because some one has stolen your name and posted your poem. Go on I’m sure you will share amazing content there 🥰

      1. Thank you, Julie; I’m so sorry people do these kinds of things. It’s sad they can’t use their creativity to sing their own song/make their own art.

        It’s very kind of you to take your precious time to warn me of this. I think I got it taken care of; we’ll see.

        Right now, I need to take care of my family and friends, work on my writing and–soon–get out in the garden. When I catch up, I’ll give Instagram a try. 🙂 You are so kind.

        Take care, and gentle peace, Julie!

  76. Hi Kitty,

    These words are so moving. I would love to create a video inspired by these words and using them (with credit) with your permission. My email is ben@engedichurch.com.

    Thank you for writing and sharing these hopeful words during this uncertain time.

    1. Hi, Ben,
      (I sent you an e-mail, but it may well go to your spam, so I’ll write here, too.)
      Yes, please feel free to create a video; as long as it’s not for commercial gain, I’m fine with it. Many people have found this creative and deepening to do. I hope you’ll share it with us when you have finished!
      Thank you for your kind words!
      Joy and gentle peace, Ben.
      Kitty

  77. Hi. My sister sent me your poem. I’m a hobby letterpress printer. Wisconsin’s Two River being famous for this lost art. I hope you don’t mind I hand printed these stunning words as a poster for my sis and a few friends – gifts of course. Can I send you one?
    Peace
    Matt Tilbury
    @thetilburypress instagram

    1. Very familiar with the beautiful letterpress work in Two Rivers, Matt. I’m glad you are using these words to make art and honoring the fact I don’t want them used for commercial gain. I would love to see one!

      Trying to master Instagram; if able, I will get in touch with you. Please be safe and well. Keep making art!
      Thank you, again, and gentle peace.

      1. Thanks. I have a few printed up Ive shared with friends and would love you to have some. No rush, they’ve been put aside.
        Peace from Bondi, Sydney.

  78. Hi Kitty, we are a poetry page who record poems and edit them together, send to artists, sound designers and release them together to make poetry accessible in different formats. We were sent your poem through a Whatsapp thread, unfortunately it isn’t quite exact to yours and it claimed it was from the 1800’s. Although we usually only publish poems from our collaborators, we were keen to use your poem to launch our new project, Pandemic Poetry. We have already recorded the poem before we found your original. We will credit you if the poem is published and put your details so you will be easy to find and follow. We have collected the artwork and soundscape for the poem and would love to share it but of course only with your consent. We would really love it if you were able to get in touch with us to talk more about the project and your involvement, and we are so sorry about the mix up and hope to resolve it!

      1. I did send an e-mail; hope you received it. My e-mail likes to sneak into spam folders. please us my poem, “In the Time of Pandemic” if it will be used to inspire and comfort, free of charge. 🙂

        Be well and stay safe. Gentle peace and joy to you.

  79. Thank you. Yes, like all artists, I appreciate credit for my work, but understand that “going viral” comes with a multitude of confusions and challenges, not the least of which has been others either taking or misappropriating credit for words I wrote. I see you are “Anonymous,” and that is not helpful to me in identifying the source.

    This piece, “In the Time of Pandemic,” is not available for use in any commercial undertaking at this time. If your project is for the public good and has free public access, you may use my words, with credit. Perhaps you could give me some method to contact you?

    I hope you are well and safe.
    Gentle peace,
    Kitty

    1. Apologies for the previous anonymous comment, we are new to wordpress so accidentally posted before logging in. Could you email is at poetryunheard@gmail.com please! so we can send you a copy of the work and make sure you’re happy with everything. Katie from unheard x

  80. Dear Kitty,
    I discovered your work after my girlfriend found your fantastic lines here…sometime last week… Thank you for that…deeply… Since then this peace of art/wisdom/common sense so nicely expressed did become a ancher to which I come back when I need to refocus, come down, relax..and stay still indeed.
    Be assure that lot of us feel this all arround.. and hoppefully enought of us…
    Also as a french native I couldn’t not tranlate it to share it with my francophone brothers end sisters arround – and I haven’t seen any real French translation yet – anyway if there is one already then we get 2 for the price of one… right? -)
    ————-
    AU TEMPS DE LA PANDÉMIE

    Et les hommes restèrent à la maison.
    Et ils lurent des livres, et écoutèrent, et se reposèrent, et firent de l’exercice, et créèrent, et jouèrent, et apprirent de nouvelles façons d’être, et restèrent calmes.
    Et ils écoutèrent plus profondément. Certains méditant, d’autres priant, d’autres dansant. Certains rencontrant leurs ombres.
    Et les hommes commencèrent à penser différemment.
    Et les hommes guérirent. Et, en l’absence d’hommes vivant de façon ignorante, dangereuse, insensée et sans cœur, la terre commença à guérir.

    Et, le danger passé, les hommes se rassemblèrent à nouveau, ils portèrent leur deuil, et firent des choix nouveaux, et révèrent de nouvelles images, et créèrent de nouvelles façons de vivre, et ils guérirent la terre pleinement, comme ils avaient été guéris.

    Katty O’Maera
    (traduction de “In the time of pandemic” – 2020)

    —————-
    And i’ll be happy to help pass on your great words arround my on part of the world too.. It would be an honour for me …
    As you can see I’m myself in Indonesia… just a world citizen in fact like many… -)

    Thank you again Kitty.
    Take good care,
    Cédric & June

  81. Thank you so much for your kindness in sharing your response and in offering the beautiful French translation! How lovely. My grandmother’s last name was Lessard; I am not fluent in French, but I love the beauty of your country and people. 🙂 Blessings on your peace and safety during this time. Thank you, again, and gentle peace, Cedric and June.

    1. I will post this translation in my own network – with all the references to your original work…
      You may have noticed that i’m active in the world of Petanque a traditional simple and popular sport/game originated from south europe and “launched” in France in +/-1907..(may be you know it.. played a little bit in US too ).. called boules or bowls also sometime… and I myself love that text from Marcel Pagnol about Petanque http://www.jakartapetanque.com/petanque-culture/petanque-writing/ – that I always keep in mind too when feeling like giving up on it sometime …-)… words do have power, all sorts of power….and small pieces do make great puzzles
      Cheers to you Kitty !

  82. Thank you so much for writing and sharing! I love the quote you cited, that something so small can go round the world and bring peace. Very lovely. I hope you are well and safe. Keep creating and please, don’t give up! Cheers and gentle peace to you!

  83. Hello Kitty, could you give me an a email address in private? I would like to ask you something about your poem, I am an Italian musician! Thanks

  84. Kitty, you have so generously allowed others to share this work. It is just what so many need now — to realize that there will be sacrifice and grief, but that we will come through to the other side with a new appreciation and healed, or at least healing, spirits.

    Now I must share that I shared your work in my podcast, TwinSet Designs. It is a podcast for the fiber arts community. In the most recent episode my sister read you words, which we acknowledged were not ours, but we did not have the attribution at the time. My sister received them from her mother-in-law’s church. I now seek your permission to have done so…and I am (of course!) providing attribution in my show notes. I’m doing so now — with hope that you will agree to this retroactive plan. I will also provide attribution in the next episode of the podcast so that all of my subscribers are made aware of the source.

    Many thanks for your consideration and for your wonderful words.

  85. Thank you for your kindness in reaching out to me, Jan. I am glad my words brought comfort to your listeners, and I appreciate your integrity in seeking to locate me as well. I hope you will continue to share your artistic gifts during this time; we need it. Blessings and joy to you, and gentle peace.

  86. Thank you Kitty for your poem. In the following you can find the Italian translation well known to many Italian like me! Even in another language it is so beautiful and so true … 😘

    E la gente rimase a casa.
    E lesse libri e ascoltò
    e si riposò e fece esercizi
    e fece arte e giocò
    e imparò nuovi modi di essere
    e si fermò.
    E ascoltò più in profondità.
    Qualcuno meditava
    qualcuno pregava
    qualcuno ballava.
    Qualcuno incontrò la propria ombra.
    E la gente cominciò a pensare in modo differente.
    E la gente guarì.
    E, nell’assenza di gente che viveva
    in modi ignoranti,
    pericolosi,
    senza senso e senza cuore,
    anche la terra cominciò a guarire.
    E quando il pericolo finì,
    e la gente si ritrovò,
    si addolorarono per i morti,
    e fecero nuove scelte,
    e sognarono nuove visioni,
    e crearono nuovi modi di vivere
    e guarirono completamente la terra,
    così come erano guariti loro.

  87. Hello, Catherine! Greetings from Brazil!
    I’d discovered that the beautiful poem I’d received in a WhatsApp group it was writted by you. I would like to reproduce your wonderful text in the website that I work for, it’s name is Aleteia (https://pt.aleteia.org/).
    Please, can I have your permission for it?

  88. Absolutely beautiful! I saw it on Instagram and it said it was written in 1869, but the words are too modern so I decided to actually find the correct author! I would like to post it on my Instagram if that’s ok, as to show who actually wrote this beautiful poem for such a surreal time for us all. Thank you F , love and light

  89. Thank you so much, Fionnghuala! How lovely to wake to such a kind note. I hope you are well and safe, and finding ways to keep your spirit fed and center anchored in these surreal times. Gentle peace.

  90. Hi Kitty I’m Raquel Dias, a Portuguese actress. I loved your poem “Cure”. I’ m writing a project to curators to try to put a play on stage. It’s my own text (the play) and it’s about the healing process of the caracter Ophelia to became her own self and it implies the healing o Nature too. I would like to send you the text, it’s only 6 pages long, but it’s in Portuguese! What do you suggest? My e-mail is raqueldias73@gmail.com
    I thank you I advance for your possible answer.
    By, hope to hear from you soon!
    Raquel

  91. Hello, Raquel. I think you are speaking of the poem, “In the Time of Pandemic;” is that right? It is not for commercial use, but may be used if I am credited as the author and the performances are for free…I hope this helps. Thank you for contacting me. Be safe and well. Gentle peace, Raquel, and keep making art!

  92. Hi Kitty. I run a small non-profit called Heart Based Institute that provides training to professionals (mainly human service providers) to help alleviate burnout, stress and compassion fatigue by learning to connect to the spiritual heart.

    I was touched by your poem and would like to ask permission to post it with proper attribution to you on our blog on the site heartbased.org.

    Thanks so much for your heartfelt work!

  93. Hi, Jim,

    I think you’re speaking of “In the Time of Pandemic.” I’ve written many poems and essays and posted them here for almost 10 years.
    If that is the poem you wish to share on your blog, yes, please do. Could you also provide a link to my blog, please? I hope that all of my writing is heart-based, and perhaps your clients would derive comfort from some of my other poems and reflections as well.

    I hope you are safe and well. Thank you for contacting me.

    Gentle peace.

  94. Hi Kitty, Thank you for such an interesting site and a proper poem for the times we find ourselves in. I run a website in Ireland and published your poem In the Time of Pandemic stupidly under the impression it was from the 1800’s until this was pointed out to me yesterday. Apologies for this andI have corrected this now and linked to this site. Just want to check if it is all right to keep it up?

    The link says Kathleen due to misinformation but the article corrects that.
    https://www.newry.ie/the-arts/a-poem-for-the-times-and-people-stayed-home
    Hope to hear from you and take care of you and yours. Columba

  95. Thank you, Columba (such a beautiful name).Yes, please keep it up, and thank you so much for assigning proper credit; that means a lot. Be safe and well, and merry. Gentle peace to you.

    1. Yes, Melissa, there are Spanish translations available; some are on this site. Iask that the poem not be used for commercial gain, but to share freely as one of many ways to offer comfort and peace–and inspiration–to people during this time. Thank you for visiting, and gentle peace, Melissa.

    1. It is fine, Enzo, and good of you to ask: I am happy the words can bring comfort and peace and that there is no exchange of money in this. Please be well and safe, and gentle peace to you, Enzo. Love and prayers to your beautiful country and people.

  96. Kitty, this is so beautifully written. Thank you for the poem. I have seen it shared but wanted to find the original source. I was supposed to attend a conference this weekend that got cancelled/postponed, and the poem beautifully captures all my sentiments. May I share this on my social media pages, with proper credit to you? Hopefully it will bring comfort and peace to others throughout these challenging times.

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