A little “Good morning” left

by a sweet friend with a simple 

note reminding me to “smile” —

and I did, a huge grin, gratitude

spreading across my cheeks,

my heart singing and adding

a lift to my alone-again workday.

These vibrant pick petals 

with a center explosion of yellow,

tiny sparks like fireworks, 

bring me such joy.

We sometimes slog in this new

world of separating and disinfecting,

masking and distancing; a sneeze

or cough might get us banned

from a public meeting,

but we are together in our isolation,

confused but trying to understand

how our world could change 

so quickly.  Holdfast; there are

ways to remain grounded,

like this gift of flowers

left with love from another

wanting to remind me

we are not alone in this.

—C.L. Fisher, Memorial Day 2020

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