Kitty O’Meara initially shared this bit of prose as just another social media post.
She hoped it would help comfort her friends and family on Facebook.
However, the emotion Kitty O’Meara shared has since resonated around the world.
Since her poem first appeared in late March 2020, it has been reposted on all social internet channels, and has also been translated into dozens of languages.
It’s even been turned into song.
O Magazine’s Elena Nicolaou writes: “The poem has become shorthand for a silver-linings perspective during the coronavirus outbreak—the hope that something good can come out of this collective state of “together, apart.””
“It’s obvious why this meditative poem has resonated so deeply with people:
It inserts the idea of individual agency back into something out of our control, and imagines that the time after this will not only exist—it’ll be better than before.”