On This St Patrick’s Day, When This Is Over

When this is over,
May we never again
Take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbours
A crowded theatre
Friday night out
The taste of Communion
A routine check up
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
Our family and friends
Life itself.

When this ends,
May we find
That we have become
More like the people
We wanted to be
Were called to be
Hoped to be
And may we stay that way
Better for each other
Because of the worst.