Feeling gloomy staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic? This poem making its rounds on social media is bound to lift your spirits:
— Laura Kelly Fanucci (@laurakfanucci) March 18, 2020
Written by Laura Kelly Fanucci, this Minnesota resident has a passion for words with a syndicated award-winning column called “Faith at Home” and an author of 6 books.
It is interesting to note that her poem doesn’t mention “coronavirus,” “virus” or “pandemic” even once. Yet, anyone who reads it will know what she means by “this” and “when this is over”. The emphasis she places on “may we never again take for granted” the simple gestures we share as humans, cannot be easily dismissed.
Thrilled by the response to her poem, Ms Fanucci told the Caller-Times that her poem has been shared over 83,000 times on Facebook and 48,000 times on Instagram!
“So it’s certainly struck a chord (although it feels strange to call something “viral” in this present crisis). I’ve seen it translated into several languages and have been asked for permission to reprint it in countless places”, said Ms Fanucci.
With her youngest child being only 3 weeks old and spending most of her time with him throughout the day, she was inspired to write the poem in the middle of the night. According to Ms Fanucci, “everything feels darker and more frightening at night”, so she started wondering what small good she could offer to people as a writer.
She hopes her poem brings “some hope and comfort in such an anxious time” to people around the world.
We salute you, Ms. Fanucci!
Your poem is a priceless gift to all seeking solace during this period of social distancing.
*Feature image sourced from Jennifer Liv Photography (with permission from Laura Kelly Fanucci), via Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep