It was a miracle No one thought possible Before Ash Wednesday. Suddenly, Traffic stopped, Stores closed, Schools shuttered, Even churches. Focus shifted To health, family, Leisure, Jokes, stories, Children, grandchildren Lovemaking, Reading, studying, Conversing, writing, Napping, dreaming, Cooking and eating Together. Houses never cleaner – Or messier (Your call). Finally knowing That Special Other, And our very selves. Imagining and living Without hated jobs And nosey bosses. With cards freshly reshuffled. The New Deal came They said couldn’t be. Hearts opened Skies cleared People sang From porches And open windows. Eyes smiled With other masks Dropped and replaced. Could you tell? And now it’s Easter Sad tears for the dead Clear eyes To see that their passing Was no Act of God Or preordained, That New Life, Another way Is possible NOW (It always was) Where no one Dies like that, And no one’s work Brings tears, Where all finally Get that recompense Guidance and well-being Each child deserves. So, no matter what Wall Street’s Wolves and vultures Might howl and screech, From behind Presidential Podia, Tell them: There’ll be no return To the tombs we knew Before Good Friday, Ash Wednesday And our cleansing Lenten fast. Seize the day: It’s Easter NOW Like never before!