The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has already warned in recent days about the hoaxes that are spreading at coronavirus speed on our mobiles, and even a research group at the University of Valencia has started a study on the characteristics of « fake news »in the days of COVID-19 through WhatsApp.
Precisely, one that has little relevance but that has achieved great virality in our smartphones is the one related to the poem entitled “And people stayed at home”, which has also reached some of their cell phones or their email because they are having a big success.
And the people stayed home. And he read books and listened. And he rested and exercised. And he made art and played. And he learned new ways of being. And he stopped. And listened more deeply. Someone meditated. Someone prayed. Someone danced, “begins this poem supposedly dated to the year 1800 during the plague epidemic and written by a certain K. O’Meara, of whom no one knows much.
Really, there is some truth, and that is that the poem was written by Kitty O’Meara. But it was not written during the plague. This woman is a retired teacher who lives in Madison (United States) with five dogs and her husband, as OprahMag, Oprah Winfrey’s digital magazine, has found out after speaking (virtually) with her. The poem is the result of the anxiety that O’Meara has suffered in recent months on account of the coronavirus, and offers a possibility of internal learning and improvement of society after this crisis.
This is how the gestation of the poem explains: «I was getting a little sad. There was nothing I could do. I couldn’t help my friends. I was very worried about them. My husband said, ‘Write. Just write again ‘… and I just sat down and wrote it. ”
And he continues: «I saw the pollution maps that were going back over China and Europe. And I thought, ‘There you go. There is something of a blessing in all suffering ‘», explains the poet who published her text on Facebook and her blog and has ended up going around the world, starting clearly with the United States to get translated into Italian and Spanish or be radioed in a radio from Australia or that Deepak Chopra or Bella Hadid spread it as spiritual food against despondency.
The entire poem is this:
And people stayed home.
And he read books and listened.
And he rested and exercised.
And he made art and played.
And he learned new ways of being.
And he stopped.
And listened more deeply. Someone meditated.
Someone was dancing.
Someone found his own shadow.
And people started to think differently.
And the people were cured.
And in the absence of people who live ignorantly.
Meaningless and heartless.
Even the earth began to heal.
And when the danger ended.
And the people met again.
They wept for the dead.
And they made new decisions.
And they dreamed new visions.
And they created new ways of life.
And they completely healed the earth.
Just as they were cured. .