The Tales We’ll Tell

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2018My Featured Blogger this week is Erik Shinker of Perpetually Past Due. Erik, who apart from his other qualifications simply oozes humility and compassion, has a degree in Literature and Creative Writing. He also minored in Film Studies, so we’re bros all around. His posts, he says, are about the “songs, events, and people (who) have shaped me into the man I am today, and I hope to do credit to their importance in my life.” See what I mean?

Perpetually Past Due

When this is all over,
like the trifling troubles of our early days;
when the quarantines are lifted and
we can once again be social without distance,
when Covid-19 has become a boogeyman of legend,
we will have to tell
those who have yet to come
what happened.

Where we focus our stories will guide the narrative.
Will it be the overused, extreme adjectives
pushed by the press?
Uncertain, unprecedented, shocking.
Will it be based on the buzzwords?
Pandemic, quarantine, market loss, layoff.

Or will we tell tales of care for one another?
Empathy empowering each other.
Of distilleries pivoting production to provide
hand sanitizer for first-responders.
Of the medical professionals who
accept the risk and put the care of
others before themselves
despite the exhausting toll of exposed hours.

Of the small sacrifices we made to
ensure the health of those around us.
Of the games we played and…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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5 Responses to The Tales We’ll Tell

  1. Heidi Viars says:

    I love this Mitch. In this season our ability to learn is more needed than our ability to recount the things we know. Thank you for pointing us to the wonderful writer!

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  2. This is great. He hits the nail squarely on the head here. Thanks again for introducing us to another talented, insightful writer.

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  3. K.L. Hale says:

    I’m finding everything good as a WordPress community member~my heart, soul, and mind needed this. Thank you for pointing the way. His words are pure and soothing.

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