For the families and loved ones of those we lost to COVID-19, and for all those who endured through the pandemic:
Take heart from a hummingbird, a handful of earth.
See how memory bears fruit, to carry history, healing, offspring
Listen for sounds gently rising above the hum and din, the prayers of one so far from home and kin.
Say you remembered to put out feeders, withhold water from inflorescent tomcat clovers.
Say you are here in lieu of flowers.
What did you lose the year of our sheltering.
Whom do you honor with the hope you bring.
Take heart, listen, sounds of kindness are bouncing off hard surfaces.
Praise bedside care and all its auspices.
Editor’s note: Cassinetto’s poem was commissioned by San Mateo County Health Department and she presented it in a series of events on the Coastside and elsewhere in recent days.