The Earth Lives On
A star burns hot in the universe.
Ninety-three million miles away,
a lively planet slowly circles:
The Earth, and the Earth lives on.
Men scar the Earth’s complexion, building
ziggurats, pyramids, Babel,
steel skyscrapers, reaching fingers.
The Earth sighs; man’s work crumbles.
Men assemble machines for pleasures.
Men steer machines to kill others,
shooting through the sky, exploding.
The Earth breathes and brings a calm.
Men lift kind populists to power,
and populists aid their people,
but corruption’s rot ever creeps.
The Earth rules to heal the rot.
Authoritarians convince men,
convince people of their power,
erecting bold statues to boast.
The Earth waits; the statues fall.
Populations grow, intermingle.
Viruses put fires to countries;
the fires spread fast through continents.
The Earth brings rain to the flames.
Women birth men; men live, and men die.
Women give birth to men again.
Man is haughty, and he is strong.
The Earth, she spins forever.
Life in the Time of CoronaWithin weeks after March 11, 2020 World Health Organization’s declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, West Florida Literary Federation offered its writers a catharsis. By April, regional writers were submitting words and images to preserve this time in history. The ongoing project began with Phase I, a special edition of The Legend published in May. It featured more than thirty juried submissions. Life in the Time of Corona continues with Phase II, updated as submissions are accepted. Here are the voices of health care workers, poets, essayists, historians, and the images of artists and photographers, documenting this time in Northwest Florida's history. The ongoing project ends with the advent of a vaccine or declaration by the World Health Organization.
Social Distancing at Johnson's Beach
Six Feet Apart
The Last Haircut
The Passage to Paradise
When Hammock Becomes Mask
ProseRiding Out a Hurricane in a Pandemic
To Butt in or Not
Bends and Turns
Pandemic Pen Pals
Prayer to The Theotokos
Grieving Loss of Many Kinds
Why Wear Masks?
COVID 19 Sidewalk Chalk 4-16-2020
View from Within
The Enigma of Deadman’s Island
In the Kitchen with Andrea, Corona, the Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Tutu
Meditations on the Coronavirus
Life in the Time, Again, of Pandemic
PoetryA Muted Life
America is on Life Support; Prognosis Poor
Crossing COVID Bay
Next Week’s Plans
A View of the Stars
Some Inland Curse
From My Soul To Yours
Eating the Mango
Blindly It Slays Thee
Death in the Time of Corona
What to Do
The Earth Lives On
COVID-19 from the Beginning
Let This Scourge Pass
Earth Day, 2020
Old School Dream
Chronicle of Fools
Ghost of COVID-19
The Year of the Virus
The Mask III
Behind the Mask
Short FictionPassage to Paradise
Mardi Gras Queen
The LegendThe Legend Special Edition Life in the Time of Corona