In a time of multiple crises, the most serious a pandemic causing an overwhelming number of illnesses and deaths, a sonnet of John Keats offers us reassurance in "The poetry of earth." "On the Grasshopper and the Cricket" asserts:
The poetry of earth is ceasing never;
On a lone winter evening. when the frost
Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills
The cricket's song, in warmth increasing ever,
And seems to one in drowsiness half lost,
The grasshopper's among some grassy hills.
December 30, 1816
Neva Herrington is a poet and former educator. She is currently working on a new book of poetry, a collection of short stories, and her memoir. Her inspiration comes from her own experience and the work of other poets.