NORMAL is a FOOL’s ERRAND by Mussmann
April 16th, 2020
April 16, 2020
What is Art.
What is beauty.
What is left of life when all is lived
We are now seeing things fall apart
it is a great time of change and
We fool ourselves if we think “normal”
will return—for it is not possible —
and it should not come back
otherwise why should we suffer now
and not learn from the suffering of so
many who have fallen ill or died from
the novel coronavirus?
All this loss would be a travesty
if we did not learn or change from this
The longing for normal is a fool’s errand.
What then shall we long for then?
Oh my!! lots to think about when thinking
about things is a rough row to hoe now.
We have so many thoughts now to think.
Thinking is what is necessary in this
time of silence and isolation.
We wait for Godot now.
The existentialists have left the stage
The pope’s shoes sit by the door
Chopin’s heart longs to beat
The Queen of England carries a purse
We watch the show fade
here in America we parade and preen
as if the market will return—
the bull is out of fashion
and the rest is predictable—
now we sort socks, make masks
and pray for our health—
now the pandemic is our focus as
we roll the dice and wonder what next.