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Jacqueline Craven, Malibu resident
6:55 am PDT May 19, 2020

Here I sit in my still, quiet sanctuary

watching the wind curl the waves in a gentle ebb and flo

the air pungent with  fresh scent of damp earth

mingled with the briny smell of the sea

after welcome rain


The deep wisdom of the planets 

made sure that we would pause and meditate

upon our careless desecration 

and defiance of the laws of nature


so the virus descended into all parts of the world

with no preference for rich or poor,

 young or old, black or white or in between