Hard on all of us

What is it about collective struggle

That draws us together?

Maybe that we see firsthand

That everyone’s blood bleeds red

That others aren’t impervious to pain

That our struggles don’t make us less than

That while fortune invariably seems to be so selective,

Suffering, ultimately, is not.

Knowing that the pandemic affected us all

Albeit to different degrees

Is a reminder of our warm blooded humaneness

Our widespread fragility

That despite our differences

We are co-sojourners on this blue planet

Wrestling with smooth and rough edges

Of objective reality.

The playing fields will probably never be equal

And there are certain advantages many will never taste

Yet none of us will never escape the limitations

Of being flesh and blood.

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