And the people stayed home.
And read books, and listened and rested.
And exercised, and made art and played games.
And learned new ways of being
And were still.
And listened more deeply:
Some meditated. Some prayed.
Some danced. Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed;
And in the absence of people living
and heartless ways
The Earth began to heal!
And when the danger passed
And the people joined together again
Grieved their losses
And saw new choices
And dreamed new images
And created new ways to live.
And behold the Earth healed more fully,
As they had been healed.
“And the People Stayed Home” by Kitty O’Meara; retitled, revised, by J.M. Conrad