YON 2020 Day 124: "When This Is Over," A poem.

During the next two weeks, we will be sharing the stories of current and graduating nursing students, who are entering the workforce during a tumultuous time. Today, we wanted to take a pause and share a poem from Laura Kelly Fanucci, an award-winning columnist and writer, and the director of the Communities of Calling Initiative.

In her poem "When This Is Over," Fanucci captures the grief we feel for the loss of normalcy in our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, but focuses on the hope and resilience that will see us through the end of this crisis.

For all of the nurses, physicians, healthcare professionals, hospital staff and essential workers working to keep everyone safe, healthy and fed: Thank You. Be safe. We are in this together.

A child's handwritten card saying "Thank You Nurses" with a heart.s"
COVID-19 thank you at UH Parma Medical Center. Photo by: Pete Kenworthy, courtesy of University Hospitals

"When This Is Over" by Laura Kelly Fanucci |

Shared with the author's permission.

When this is over,

may we never again take for granted;

A handshake with a stranger, Full shelves at the store,

Conversations with neighbors,

A crowded theater, Friday night out,

The taste of communion, A routine checkup,

The school rush each morning, Coffee with a friend,

The stadium roaring, Each deep breath! A boring Tuesday. Life itself.

When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be,

we were called to be,

we hope to be,

and may we stay that way — better for each other because of the worst.

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