Poetry by Jennifer Lagier

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Quarantine Prayer

Deer and raccoons reclaim sidewalks and streets
while quarantined humans shelter in place.

Given an existential time out,
I meditate on acts of community kindness:
neighbors who deliver groceries and prescriptions
to vulnerable housebound.

Each day offers more blessings:
health, cherished garden, hummingbird angels.
I deadhead lilies, plant cosmos seedlings,
strip away stinging nettles.

Grateful for husband and hounds,
well-stocked pantry and freezer,
I bake fragrant artisan bread,
simmer bolognese sauce, pour over pasta.

Sustaining goddess of hearth and home,
may your protective powers surround us.

August 2020