Our dear little city at 7 am on Easter Day was almost silent. It has been almost silent all through lockdown so far, but at that moment I could hear nothing. Even the birds were silent.
Soon, the occasional gust of wind. Now, the wind is singing solo.
I’m thinking about Dinah Hawkens’ beautiful poem, “Today.” Poet Dinah Hawken is a voice of calm and wisdom for New Zealand and beyond. This poem offers guidance for a city in lockdown.
It’s a calm day on earth, almost silent.
Only the birds are singing.
Why don’t people go down to the harbour,
stand at the earth’s long breath