The year 2020 is finally at end

With none of us feeling sorrow.

We’ve many fears to settle, lives and hearts to mend,

Hope for a brighter tomorrow.

* * * * *

We welcomed the decade with pomp and circumstance,

Expecting fun and health and wealth,

Hailing a past century with costumes and dance,

Pandemic approaching with stealth.

* * * * *

Ripley County was grateful for post-flood progress –

Roads, bridges, business rebounded –

“Pandemic proportions” aptly described our mess.

Optimistic plans abounded.

* * * * *

The luck of the Irish didn’t quite protect us,

After St. Patrick’s Day in March

Life became unpredictable and horrendous.

By COVID-19 we were starched.

* * * * *

We quarantined in mystery and confusion,

Worried and masked and sanitized.

Our shortages a convoluted allusion?

Alone, who could be energized?

* * * * *

Sickness and death, countless affected by COVID.

2021? New, improved

To ease sad memories haunting and myriad.

New perspectives, vaccines approved,

* * * * *

Dedicated local leaders, we say ‘Thank you!”

To essential workers – the same!

With hope we look forward to a year that’s brand new,

2020’s out of the game!


About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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