Written in 1869 ‘And People Stayed Home’ is exactly what the world is facing right NOW


This was written by Kathleen O’Mara, in 1869 after the Irish famine, reprinted during 1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic.

Photo taken during the Spanish Flu Pandemic

And people stayed at home 
And read books 
And listened 
And they rested 
And did exercises 
And made art and played 
And learned new ways of being 
And stopped and listened 
More deeply 
Someone meditated, someone prayed 
Someone met their shadow 
And people began to think differently 
And people healed. 
And in the absence of people who 
Lived in ignorant ways 
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless, 
The earth also began to heal 
And when the danger ended and 
People found themselves 
They grieved for the dead 
And made new choices 
And dreamed of new visions 
And created new ways of living 
And completely healed the earth 
Just as they were healed. 


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