by Yvette Calleiro

What if,

In our hustle and bustle,

In our go go go,

We made it a point

To slow down and meditate –

Tune in to the now,

The beauty of each moment?


If only we had slowed our lives down

To enjoy the present moment,

We’d have less people living with anxiety,

Fewer suicides and more survivors,

More productivity in our workplace

With fewer hours at the job.


What if we chose

To care about the foods we eat,

To focus on nutrients from our earth

Without pesticides or genetic modifications?


If only we had stayed away

From GMO-products and processed foods,

We’d have fewer loved ones suffering

From obesity and digestive issues

And autoimmune disorders.


What if we cared

About our fellow man and woman and child

Enough to help them find shelter

And food

And employment?


If only we had cared more about

The community as one

Instead of individualism,

We would have risen up

To find solutions for homelessness,

To help rehabilitate the hopelessness

And leave no human hungry.


What if mothers and fathers

Could spend quality time with their children,

Laughing and playing,

Nurturing and comforting,

Molding them into loving human beings?


If only we had valued the family unit,

There would be fewer broken families,

Children would grow into

Caring and confident adults,

Valuing love and laughter.


What if we chose

To heal the mind, body, and spirit

As one,

With natural remedies,

Focused on healing and curing

Instead of masking and prolonging?


If only we had focused on healing

Instead of profiting on illness,

Our immune systems would be strong,

Able to fight harder against viruses and diseases,

Our minds would be calm and serene,

Our spirit would be at peace and

In harmony with the world.


What if we cared about our planet,

Sharing the earth with

Its other living inhabitants,

Making small sacrifices

So our planet can grow and prosper

Alongside us?


If only we had not been so selfish in our ways

And had made the necessary changes

To allow our planet to heal,

Our forests would flourish

And shelter our animals,

Our oceans would provide life and enjoyment,

And our air would be clear and breathable.


What if we changed our ways?

If only we could do something

To stop this downward spiral of catastrophes

That we have created.


We can.

We should.

We must.

When RWISA asked its members to consider the new world we are now living in, they wanted us to consider what we would have done differently to better the situation we are currently in. This led me to think about foresight and hindsight. We all have the ability to pause and wonder what the world could be if we choose to make the hard choices and work toward a better world. Similarly, once the catastrophe has happened, we can look back and realize what we did wrong.

So, I created this poem. Choose to read it line by line or read the left side in its entirety and then go back and read the right side. Either way works! 😊

So often, our leaders look back and say, “Oops!” and then just keep trudging along without righting their wrongs. We, as citizens, do the same. We have become quite comfortable in our spoiled lives. We, as a society, focus on individualism instead of community. We live in a bubble that is only concerned with how enjoyable our own little world is, forgetting that we do not live in isolation. We ignore the pleas of others to help the planet/hungry/homeless/poor because that would mean putting effort or perhaps making sacrifices, and who wants to give up the luxuries that they have become accustomed to?

And so it goes. Our current path is not sustainable. If we are to survive and thrive, we must put the planet and all who encompass it as our priority. We need to make changes/sacrifices to flourish. Just look at what the past month or two of stay-at-home orders has done for our planet. Endangered turtles are being born and surviving. The peaks of the Himalayan mountains can be seen in India for the first time in decades. Pollution levels have shown a decrease in nitrogen dioxide over China. The waterways in Venice are crystal-clear and fish can be seen swimming in the canals. The signs are everywhere.

Can anyone still doubt that humans and our ways have hurt our environment and will continue to hurt our planet unless we make serious changes to our ways of life? How many businesses are realizing that their workers can actually do their jobs from home? That one change can cut back on car emissions, stress, and other pollutions. I don’t have all the solutions, but maybe it’s time that we, as a society, start to use our foresight to change our world for the better.


“Thanks for supporting me!”

Yvette Calleiro


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  1. Yvette, what amazing food for thought. Thank you for putting all of it in our face! It’s what we needed. And now, I go off to ponder. Awesome piece 🙂

    I hope you enjoyed your time on tour!


  2. I hope and pray people have learned from this. I fear it will go back to how it was not within months, as the virus has spread, but within days, maybe even hours.


  3. Your poetry gave me plenty of room for thoughts. Thank you, Yvette.


  4. peggyhattendorfcom May 13, 2020 — 8:10 pm

    Your poetry examines pertinent issues that have been with us for decades but are now magnified by this global pandemic. You are correct, Yvette, now is the time to act and we can all do something no matter how small the act may be.

    Thanks for hosting Nonnie and RWISA.


  5. Excellent post, Yvette!


  6. A beautifully inspiring message of hope, Yvette! Thanks so much for sharing this with us. 🙂


  7. I hope you are right, Gwen! It will take a real shift in energies to awaken the masses. 🙂


  8. This is an excellent post, Yvette. You hit all the right buttons. I am sure there will be many changes made to our daily routines because of this virus and its spin-off impact on our lives.


  9. There is always hope and you’ve found it. Well done!


  10. Hi, Yvette! You give us a lot to think about here in this piece and bring our responsibility to the forefront. Great post!


  11. When this world began, communities must have started for safety and support. Human values were created and inculcated but as man discovered more, he started taking pleasure in individualism and the mad race started, which has brought us to the present world, described so well in your poem Yvette. Time for introspection! Thanks for this wake up call. Hope some lessons are learnt.


  12. A wonderful poem Yvette. Let’s hope many get to read it and think about your message.


  13. Yvette, you have beautifully expressed what many are wondering – what have we done wrong, how can we fix it? Thank you for this heartfelt piece!


  14. Well done, Yvette! The world will be a much better place if there is not so much greed. Thanks for sharing.


  15. Your poem and article really made me stop and think Yvette. Thanks for sharing and have a great day on the tour.


  16. Hi Yvette, it shows that you’ve thought deeply about this.


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