At the Rhiannon Giddens concert

God, I’m grateful for the woman
with songs from her Black heritage,
Indigenous, Gaelic, Southern heritage,
and her insistence on caring
for the safety of listeners.

I am grateful for restaurants
where I sit outdoors,
libraries and local stores
still with curbside pickup,
ventilated, “time-visit” museums,
strained, stressed, creative schools,
(and the saints who work in them),

church staff and safety committees,
willing to shift and change
worship, meetings, mission,
every week if necessary,
and never abandon those at home.
(also saints with hint of martyr)

Today and every day I pray for
medical staff and essential workers,

but today I add unexpected ones,
who stand at a gate in a park, saying “no,”
absorbing anger,
so I can be healed by a song. amen

Photograph at the Rhiannon Giddens concert two weeks ago in Lowell Ma. where the performers asked everyone to present proof of vaccination or covid test and mask continuously.

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Maren C. Tirabassi has COPD and understands the struggle and gift it is for many people with a variety of concerns to wear a mask. Her advent to epiphany poetry volume Christmas Eve at the Epsom Circle McDonald’s has returned to bookstores and local church virtual readings. She She blogs at gifts in open hands at wordpress dot com.  ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

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