2020 #RWISA “RISE-UP” Blog Tour–D. L. Finn Poetry



D. L. Finn’s Poetry


It flows quietly on a breeze

Covering the landscape in its presence.

The world simplifies at that moment

While the mountain mist intensifies.

Its threatening chill keeps us indoors




How long will it eliminate color from our world?

Yet, we’re securely tucked away inside.

We have a full stomach.

A place to sleep… others don’t.

Some live outside in this mountain mist

Trying to survive.

We offer what we can… from a safe distance.

As we head back to our protected lives

Suddenly, we get a glimpse past the monochrome.

Then we remember that a dreary gray mountain moment

Does not subdue the light that shines within all of us.



Gone is my freedom as I shelter at home.

Gone is abundant supplies; I must get in line to shop.

Gone are family gatherings, events, and appointments.

Gone is the income from those deemed non-essential.

Gone is the guarantee they will be helped.

This is all replaced by a new world.

Where procuring toilet paper is a reason to celebrate.

Where putting my wants over someone’s safety is a priority.

Where people risk their lives to save others.

Where people do without, perhaps for the first time.

Where learning how to make what used to be available.

Yes, so much has changed and is gone—for now.

My hope is this new insight and caring…

Stays long after everything that is gone, returns

And things go back to a new compassionate normal.



A storm tore through our world unseen

But we felt its presence as hospitals filled.

We tried to wash it off and hide from it

Yet, it kept coming.

Finally, we headed into the storm shelter

Only venturing out for food…

Unless we were needed to fight this storm.

So many heroes raced into the chaos

Sadly, some did not make it back home.

While the rest of us waited in our safety

Grateful for what we had

Worried for what we did not.

Here we wait for that sunny day

When the storm fades away,

And we return to normal again

Armed with a new understanding…

Of how fragile our existence is.

Something the wise won’t ever forget.


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21 thoughts on “2020 #RWISA “RISE-UP” Blog Tour–D. L. Finn Poetry”

    1. Thank you, John. It was a bit of a struggle to express what I’m seeing. Poetry always allows me that avenue to do so

    1. Thanks, Mae:) Poetry is the only way I can make sense of things sometimes.Sending hugs xo

  1. You are such a gifted poet, Denise. You were able to put into a few words what so many of us are feeling. Well-done! Thank you for sharing your talent with the world!

    1. Thank you, Jan. Your words mean a lot to me. Poetry was the only way I could express what I was seeing. Hugs Xo

  2. I am touched by this poem, Denise. This is a ‘more compassionate normal’. I don’t mind that. The shortages, the attention to others, the not having everything I need reminds me of younger days when that was the norm, when I was just starting as an adult. I don’t mind those memories.

    1. Thanks, Jacqui! That’s my hope is we come out stronger and more insightful. I remember those beginnings where I had so little but was so happy with what I did. A box of mac and cheese was enough.

  3. Lovely, Denise. You’ve unraveled the pandemic through your poetic capturing of our experience. Thank you. ♥♥

  4. Love your poetry, Denise. These poems are particularly moving. Thank you for sharing.

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