2020: Una Sacudida


I want someone to explain to me
what’s up with this year;
a lot of crazy stuff is going on –
a global pandemic, protests,
antagonistic politics. California on fire,
front page news two days ago –
our county had the worst air quality
in the world.

We have lost family members –
in May, July, and August.
Today the nuclear plant siren
pierced our hills and I think, what now?
This one…only a test.

There is a word in Spanish
that comes to mind –
una sacudida – a shaking up:
like a tremor so strong it is felt
four hundred miles from its origin,
the shock of being bitten by a snake,
or receiving a jolt by putting
your finger in an electric socket.

This year feels like that;
it seems as if something –
Mother Earth?  the universe?  God?
wants our attention…
and is going to get it.

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Carolyn Chilton Casas is a Reiki master and teacher whose favorite themes to write about are nature, mindfulness, and ways to heal. Her articles and poems have appeared in Braided Way, Energy, Grateful Living, Odyssey, Reiki News Magazine, and in other publications. You can read more of Carolyn’s work on Facebook, on Instagram @mindfulpoet_, or in her first collection of poems titled “Our Shared Breath.”


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