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When the Vines Are Torn Down (1 Year Since Lockdown) // Episode 136

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great weekend!! This week's video is a short but meaningful talk about what we've learned from the loss of normalcy in the past year, since yesterday was officially one year since the nationwide lockdown last March. I felt inspired by the vines on a super old building at my school being torn down a few days ago, so I wrote out a short poem of my emotions and explained it in the video. I felt that the vines were like our sense of normalcy, and how we, while acknowledging and mourning its loss, can realize that there's new growth happening despite it all.

Likewise, a beautiful Bible verse that relates to this topic which helps me to believe that all struggles have a purpose is Jeremiah 29:11:

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Here's the poem, and be sure to check out the video and enjoy!!

As we see the decades of vines

being taken from their lofty thrones

perhaps we're reminded

of the deep roots that dug into the brick

of the leaves that continually withered and grew

the green that embraced the sunlight like a soft kiss

the windows that were covered up

the stained glass window of light that came both in and out

in order to light the rooms inside

the sunlight that was stolen in order to grow the green

the rooms inside that opened their windows to a solar system of nature

the songbirds that made homes in the comforting embrace of green

and yet

it all came down

how was an ecosystem of living things torn down so quickly? so carelessly?

cast into the back of pickup trucks

carried away to be thrown back into green

but this time it will be other green

unfamiliar green

green that is fundamentally the same

but in an unknown location

and yet! in this new green

there is new room to grow

a new ecosystem to change

new lives to be lived

so perhaps? it was not so bad to be torn down

indeed we miss the vines

but if their absence signals a new beginning

why be sad? when you can celebrate a fresh perspective

that will bring more green.


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