Fresh Air.

I’ve been trying to follow the rules, cuz at the day’s end

I’d rather end each day in good health, not laid in

at an ICU, or self-quarantining at the Day’s Inn.

I’ve been going on long walks

and having long talks with my most

loved souls as I stretch out my soles.

My glasses get frothy, my vision has
me fogged up,

trying to breathe fully with a mask on makes me feel all clogged up,

But on a walk last evening, I had a several block-long window of space

where no one was around, only my mask and fogged glasses were strapped to my face,

So I pulled down my mask and fully inhaled –

It felt like diving headfirst into an ocean’s wave,

Like the crusted cage encasing me was unlocked,

my lungs were unshackled, all chakras unblocked-

I felt free.

I grabbed a hold of mother nature’s hand as it reached me,

and exhaled, audibly as the sidewalk scrolled beneath me.

It made me so happy, with a smile so candid

to breathe a full breath of fresh air,

something we’ve all taken for granted.
– RSM

It COVID be Worse

I’m one of the lucky ones that can honestly say it could be worse. I catch myself complaining to myself about boredom, not being able to see friends, and all these first-world problems that has come up these past few weeks, but it very much could be worse.

If I had a medical job, or was an essential worker, or was laid off, or was a senior, a parent, a caretaker, homeless, or more than one these at the same time – I don’t have a lot to complain about. I’m faced with one of the best case scenarios – a test of patience. A challenge of how to use my free time with limited options. That’s it.

I want to find ways to to help, and I’m trying, but what I keep hearing is the best way to help is to stay home, don’t socialize, don’t go out if you don’t need to. It feels pointless, useless to think that just staying home helps, until I hear about people on the beach being responsible for further outbreaks and reckless behavior being a liability to others.

So if you’re young, able-bodied, and are bored, ‘stuck at home’, just be stuck at home then. You’re helping. This is your challenge – it’s different for everyone, and it’s yours to rise to, for your sake and everyone else’s. – RSM

The Light Within Us feat. COVID-19

Even in the Spring as the birds sing

and more sunlight floods through the air that we breathe in,

there is a light within that has gone a bit dim.

The Smiths may sing to you about it never going out,

but, lately my doubt and loneliness is like a cloud

that shrouds the wick of our souls as we’re all locked in the house.

Social, loving beings we are,

that’s why the word ‘namaste’ has made it so far,

but as I miss those who I love, I remember their light

and hope that mine shines through to them, and we still make each other bright. -RSM