Darwin and Covid-19

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When the bug got out, we all went inside;
Stayed there for days …and months we did hide.
Daily, Doctors  kept us up to date;
Our job was simply to sit home and wait.
But, some within our national span
thought it was all a just a government scam.
Mind control to keep us down
steal our freedom // shut us down.
Many resisted // flocked to the beach
still went to church and partied in the streets.
Their theory being, “It’s just like the flu!”
Some will die, but not me or you
Survival of the fittest was what they preached
Nature’s way // Earth’s balance to keep
Although many don’t believe in evolution,
Darwin would be very proud of their solution.

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Black or White

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When someone thinks they have all the answers, it makes me take a step backwards. Many atrocities have been done in the name of being right. The more rigid we become in our thinking, the more we want things to be either black or white.  It seems politics is often driven by fear. As we listen to our political candidates, we get the impression that they have everything figured out, and all of their solutions are in black and white. No matter how right we feel we are, I believe we must be open to interact and exchange ideas with others. This poem talks about the importance of grays in our life.

Black or White

I want life to be black or white

Everything easy and I am right

But it really doesn’t work that way

Life is full of contradictions they say


Why can’t life be black or white

Perhaps I wouldn’t be so uptight

But grays are part of every life

I’ve known pain that cuts like a knife


The world wants things in black or white

Good or bad we have to fight

To protect our perfect way of life

Seems it causes bitter strife


To always think in black or white

Fills me with fear and causes me fright

Extremes affect the way we think

And leaves our nations on the brink


Why can’t we realizes we need the grays

Shadows bring accents in many ways

Creativity and paradigm shifts

Would not be possible without the mix


Must we think only in black or white

Judging our brothers when “they don’t do right”

Or can we simply love their flaws

The grays and shades are part of us all


Black and white makes everyone halt

Shutter and cringe at every fault

Blends are the creations we all need

To love our brothers, and not to bleed

But I guess as long as there are two

Black or white will judge them too


Love the differences don’t get up tight

Live in peace and let’s not fight

Recognize that if we want to survive

Black and white will not keep us alive

Thinking we are always right

Life will surely be a fright


Black and White Photo taken in Philadelphia – 1976 – Dwight Roth