Our duty to serve
’Twas one week into COVID and all through the nation
Canadians went crazy in their homebound staycation
Social distancing was the norm with friends and strangers
Those who had travelled were a particular danger.
Families returned from their planned trips abroad
To find a society that was particularly odd
No toilet paper could be found, purchased, or used
Leaving many Canadians profoundly screwed.
For in a time of crisis, it is important to know
That you can wipe your bum whenever you go
This was the mentality taken by many
Who flocked to the stores to buy Charmin a-plenty.
“Wash your hands” they said, “and don’t touch your faces!”
Under no circumstances should you enter public places
All parties must stop, no gatherings allowed
For COVID can travel rather quickly though a crowd.
No test kits available, no ventilators to spare
Streets, parking lots, and even Churches are bare
Businesses are closing and laying off employees
Putting many Canadians in a tight financial squeeze.
Updates from Trudeau become the highlight of the day
Leading Canadians through the tumult and fray
Each day brings new restrictions, updates, and rules
There seems to be no hope of returning to schools.
Stock markets have crashed, and economies tanked
Affecting even those who were previously top ranked
Even the oil industry has come into hard times
Causing all Northerners to pinch their dimes.
And through it all, President Trump has proclaimed
All the ‘fake news’ for which he is famed
Thankfully we decided to shut down the boarders
I’m hoping that everyone will follow these orders.
These are challenging times with no known end
For it all depends on the COVID spread and trend
The uncertainty is stressful for everyone involved
We all just pray for this problem to be solved.
But even though we must stay away from one another
I truly believe we’re all here for each other
Through the highs and lows we’ve rallied as a community
Showing that our greatest strength lies in unity.
Neighbours have filled prescriptions and delivered many groceries
Especially for those who have travelled overseas
Self-isolation is the key to flattening the curve
We must stay at home — it’s our duty to serve.
Bumps in the road
These bumps along the road
These trials life has showed
They’ve made me who I am
They were all part of the plan.
But at times it’s hard to see
Beyond the triviality
To know what’s “good for you”
And set intentions that are true.
To know one’s inner self
Is to have the greatest wealth
That anyone could hold
Before they have grown old.
But to live wholeheartedly
Requires us to see
Deep within our soul
And make diamonds out of coal.
For each bump along the road
For each trial life has showed
Is an opportunity to see
What’s truly you
What’s truly me.