Thursday, January 7, 2021

All We Can Do...

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Even though I live in Switzerland, about 5,000 miles away from the US, I am an American

On Wednesday morning, I was a proud American. Georgians let their voices be heard and Blue prevailed.

By the time I went to bed (Wednesday night), I was a confused, horrified, and ashamed American. 

Powerless. 

Except for my words.

I could only muster a few, but I hope they will help for a few seconds at least:

Hold on
Until the pain
Goes away

©2021, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

Then maybe hold on some more...

Love, 
Bridget 

Today's Poetry Friday host is Sylvia at Poetry for Children. Join us...


 

21 comments:

  1. Hugs to you, Bridget.

    Hope of
    Unexpected
    Gifts to
    Sustain.

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    1. Thank you, Kat! Your 'hugs' are helping me sustain. :)

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  2. Hugging you right back. I'm ashamed as well. What a disappointment we've been to our world in such a needy time. I keep looking to the horizon and counting the days down until inauguration day. I'm hugging you right back. And, I've been pondering "ten." Thanks for that, too!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! We'll keep on hugging and holding on through the 20th and beyond. Looking forward to reading your 'ten' submission. :)

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  3. Sometimes it's worse when you're away. I lived in the UK for five years, and ...sometimes it was embarrassing to be American, and have people ask us what was going on in our country... but sometimes, I miss being GONE. Ugh.

    Thank you for the hug.

    Helping another
    Undoes some dismay
    Give yourself grace -
    Start again on Monday.

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    1. Thanks, Tanita. Yep, we've had to explain the orange stain multiple times to the Swiss and/or people from other countries. He was actually viewed a bit favorably a few years ago here. Anyone within earshot got an earful from me, though.
      Thank you for your 'hugs' poem especially - helping, giving grace and starting again are pearls. :)

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  4. It's been a tough week whether we are near or far. I am hoping we can hang on long enough.

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    1. Thank you, Kay! I think the need/will to hang on is imperative and I believe in the goodness on the other side of this 4 year nightmare. :)

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  5. Say hi to my cousin Dorte in Bern! Switzerland is one of my favorite spots and I hope you're happy there. Meanwhile, thanks for sharing these heartfelt thoughts-- and HUGS.

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    1. Thanks, Sylvia! Your cousin lives in a lovely city. Bern is one my favorites to visit (we live in Zug). Hugs right back atcha! :)

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  6. I was so excited in the am, went over to my neighbors & we celebrated a little, then I was off on errands, THEN I came home to see if Ossof was confirmed. No words left, but watched & watched, outraged. Hugs back to you, Bridget, what we can do now, along with never forgetting the "who"!

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    1. Thanks for the hugs, Linda! The orange stain will be removed one way or another and we will forget him, but not the lessons he taught us the hard way. :)

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  7. It must have been painful indeed to be an American abroad watching what went on on 1/6. Such a roller coaster and it isn't going to end right away. I am so proud that we managed to stand up for a new government.

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    1. Thanks, Janice. Yep, after 1/20 integrity will return. We just have to get there...one day at a time. :)

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  8. Hugs to you Bridget! Somehow we will persevere this storm…

    Hush away
    Unwanted slander,
    Grow Justice
    Seeds of Democracy!

    Thanks, xo

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    1. Thanks for your 'huggable' poem, Michelle. Super excited about the seeds of democracy growing into justice. Sooner than later. :)

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    1. Thanks, Laura! Hugs right back atcha as we face what comes next...hopefully just healing. :)

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  10. Thanks for the hug! Joining you in being an American overseas feeling ashamed!

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  11. Hi, Bridget--late this week, but stopping by with continued
    Hope resurges
    Undaunted
    Give it
    Some welly!

    We're going to have to work hard, aren't we?

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  12. Thanks for the hug. I can feel it across time and distance!

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