Poetry: Pandemic Love by Lynn Ungar

Mar 16, 2020 at 09:12 am by Paulette Jackson


~ Lynn Ungar

What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart;
which are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your heart.
of compassion that moves,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.


Lynn Ungar is an admired poet with fans around the world. Her first book, Blessing the Bread, was well-received, bringing her recognition. In addition to being a poet, Lynn also serves as a minister for an online Unitarian Universalist congregation.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her two Australian Shepherds. 
You can read more of Lynn's poetry by visiting her website, Lynn Ungar. Poetry and Other Writings.

~Paulette Jackson

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