Livonia poet Beth Sleboda, who has turned a phrase or two to help cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, sees the end of 2020 as bringing a new sense of hope in 2021. She writes:


Twenty-Twenty, now, is finished.

Social structure’s been diminished.

We have all found varied ways to cope.

Some of us have turned to drink

SO we would not have to think.

That is not the way I free the rope.

I just write poem or song...

or knit a scarf, so very long

to help me hold on to a ray of hope.

Soon, the sun will shine again,

and all will be quite fine, again!

There’ll be no need to isolate and mope.

We WILL be able to gather together, play together, sing together, and HUG!

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