Skip to main content
Hindsight 2020

New Haven


Warning: Undefined variable $bodyid in /home/newhave1/public_html/themes/cville_rally_theme-master/common/header.php on line 119

A COVID POEM - What is Important When Death Knocks Upon Your Door?

Title

A COVID POEM - What is Important When Death Knocks Upon Your Door?

Description

I know when I go, the wind will still blow,
and the river will flow by my window.

The oaks by my house will outlive me,
My lifespan shorter than a tree!

The things we think are so important, are not at all.
The earth has seen awesome events rise and fall.

I found myself thinking, should I not survive,
What would I miss most from being alive?

I love and enjoy the ease and beauty of my life.
I love and enjoy being a mother and a wife.

Family, with them, we leave some part of ourselves alive.
With them, we live on to see the beauty of the earth and sky.

We're all on borrowed time, no matter what our age.
Ignore the strife and aggravation, it's time to turn the page.

A full moon, a starry sky,
A loved one's smile, a bird on high.

These are the gifts that I must treasure
before it's time to say goodbye.

Creator

Mary Berlin

Source

I am 75 years old and live with my husband of 43 years. I have lived all over the United States, but in Connecticut for the last 44 years, my favorite state of all the places I have lived. In November of 2020 I broke my wrist while digging a bed around a large tree, I walked into a low branch to check my work and fell back on my arm. and in December, right after the surgery, I came down with COVID and 3 days later my husband got sick also with COVID. We were very lucky, we were sick a little over 2 weeks, with flu like symptoms, but there was a time that I thought about the real possibility of dying of COVID. It made me think about what was important to me and I reflected on my life and what really matters. It made me realize that the things that are important are the people you love and the beauty in the earth and sky. I let go of the things that I could not change, and vowed to appreciate the priceless things that are all around me in the time I had left in this world.

Date Created

December 2020

Spatial Coverage

Provenance

The Source newspaper

Collection

Citation


Fatal error: Uncaught ValueError: version_compare(): Argument #3 ($operator) must be a valid comparison operator in /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Xml/Security.php:172 Stack trace: #0 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Xml/Security.php(172): version_compare('8.0.25', '5.6', 'gte') #1 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Xml/Security.php(76): Zend_Xml_Security::isPhpFpm() #2 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Xml/Security.php(150): Zend_Xml_Security::scan('<?xml version="...', NULL) #3 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Locale/Data.php(160): Zend_Xml_Security::scanFile('/home/newhave1/...') #4 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Locale/Data.php(232): Zend_Locale_Data::_findRoute('en_US', '/ldml/dates/cal...', '', 'pattern', Array) #5 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Locale/Data.php(1137): Zend_Locale_Data::_getFile('en_US', '/ldml/dates/cal...', '', 'pattern') #6 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Date.php(843): Zend_Locale_Data::getContent('en_US', 'date', Array) #7 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Date.php(580): Zend_Date->_parseIsoToDate('FFFF', 'en_US') #8 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Date.php(466): Zend_Date->_toToken('FFFF', 'en_US') #9 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/globals.php(1006): Zend_Date->toString('FFFF') #10 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/models/Item.php(489): format_date(1669513544, 'FFFF') #11 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/models/Item.php(202): Item->getCitation() #12 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/views/helpers/Metadata.php(169): Item->getProperty('citation') #13 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/views/helpers/Metadata.php(144): Omeka_View_Helper_Metadata->_getRecordMetadata(Object(Item), 'citation') #14 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/views/helpers/Metadata.php(73): Omeka_View_Helper_Metadata->_getText(Object(Item), 'citation') #15 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/View/Abstract.php(349): Omeka_View_Helper_Metadata->metadata(Object(Item), 'citation', Array) #16 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/globals.php(2042): Zend_View_Abstract->__call('metadata', Array) #17 /home/newhave1/public_html/themes/cville_rally_theme-master/items/show.php(37): metadata('item', 'citation', Array) #18 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Omeka/View.php(114): include('/home/newhave1/...') #19 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/View/Abstract.php(888): Omeka_View->_run('/home/newhave1/...') #20 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Controller/Action/Helper/ViewRenderer.php(912): Zend_View_Abstract->render(NULL) #21 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Controller/Action/Helper/ViewRenderer.php(933): Zend_Controller_Action_Helper_ViewRenderer->renderScript('items/show.php', NULL) #22 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Controller/Action/Helper/ViewRenderer.php(972): Zend_Controller_Action_Helper_ViewRenderer->render() #23 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Controller/Action/HelperBroker.php(277): Zend_Controller_Action_Helper_ViewRenderer->postDispatch() #24 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Controller/Action.php(527): Zend_Controller_Action_HelperBroker->notifyPostDispatch() #25 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Controller/Dispatcher/Standard.php(308): Zend_Controller_Action->dispatch('showAction') #26 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Controller/Front.php(954): Zend_Controller_Dispatcher_Standard->dispatch(Object(Zend_Controller_Request_Http), Object(Zend_Controller_Response_Http)) #27 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Application/Bootstrap/Bootstrap.php(105): Zend_Controller_Front->dispatch() #28 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Application.php(384): Zend_Application_Bootstrap_Bootstrap->run() #29 /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Omeka/Application.php(73): Zend_Application->run() #30 /home/newhave1/public_html/index.php(23): Omeka_Application->run() #31 {main} thrown in /home/newhave1/public_html/application/libraries/Zend/Xml/Security.php on line 172