Welcome to another Monday’s Poem of the Week. Despite hope and best efforts, Covid-19 continues to impact our lives, with deaths in the USA alone now having reached the million mark. For this reason, today’s verse is particularly appropriate. Be well, stay healthy.
A Traditional Greeting of Hope in the Time of Pandemic
My tribe is in Alaska, where winter temperatures
sometimes plummet to seventy degrees below zero.
In places, the sun does not rise for months at a time.
Surviving the long, dark winter was uncertain.
Not all things made it.
Each spring, when we journeyed out into the sunlight
we smiled and greeted those we hadn’t seen in months.
Dzidida’ we’d say. “So, you’re still alive.”
During the pandemic, I often thought of our greeting
when meeting someone I hadn’t seen in a long while.
- John E. Smelcer, PhD