From my June 2020 newsletter (https://mailchi.mp/ece82282b55a/podcast-photography-enjoy-9321222) ...
When I started posting photos to Facebookand Instagram, most of us were quarantined. Some of us were anxious. And, I wanted to give folks a glimpse of the world outside our doors. A daily moment of Zen. But, now we're launching back out there. Some of us are eager to leave; some may hang out at home longer. But, these balloons symbolize our flight into a new unknown. Starting this week, my daily photos have taken on a slightly different theme. This one's "Ready to Launch" from Bagan, Myanmar (Burma).
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A few days ago, I re-read T.S. Eliot's poem, The Wasteland, which opens with the line:
"April is the cruellest month."
Eliot wrote his classic of modernist poetry in the aftermath of World War I, when Europe and America were reeling from death and destruction. I fear that Eliot's words may again be all too apt for the April we're facing today -- although the battle is against an enemy that's unseen until after it attacks. I take hope from the fact that, when Eliot wrote The Wasteland, the world had survived. Battered and weary, but carrying on. And, the world will again survive Covid-19, despite devastating loss of life and an economic toll that will be felt far into the future.