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I go down to the edge of the sea.
How everything shines in the morning light!
The cusp of the whelk,
the broken cupboard of the clam,
the opened, blue mussels,
moon snails, pale pink and barnacle scarred—
and nothing at all whole or shut, but tattered, split,
dropped by the gulls onto the gray rocks and all the moisture gone.
It’s like a schoolhouse
of little words,
thousands of words.
First you figure out what each one means by itself,
the jingle, the periwinkle, the scallop
full of moonlight.

Then you begin, slowly, to read the whole story.

Mary Oliver, one of the best poets I ever encountered.

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Told you, I am not even inspired to blog nor read, two pursuits that I love doing wholeheartedly. This pandemic gets to us all.

This is sad news. They will only start mass testing next week and a week is too long. This virus is lethal.  Officially we already have more than 3,000 people found positive and more PUMs and PUIs are on the rise. In a week, this might double in numbers. Those PUMs and PUIs might be found positive too. God save us, This government is so slow in responding.  They focus on citizens who are critical of the way they are handling this pandemic. Last night, there was another impromptu speech that berated  one of our outstanding human rights lawyers. He was just telling us what to do if and when you are in that predicament where the military or police catch you unaware.  In my opinion, it is like public unrest is so close and when the people are full of all this shit, ML might be declared.

Yesterday, Josef and Jovy went grocery shopping for a few items that we need at home. Most supermarkets have long lines under the heat of the sun. They went to five grocery stores and  they weren’t able to buy all the things in my shopping list. As usual alcohol and cleaning disinfectants are missing.  They were able to buy two small bottles of 70% Ethyl alcohol at 150 ml each. Pathetic. There was no dishwashing liquid, no toilet bowl cleaner, no Johnson wax for the furnitures.  All they were able to buy were a bottle of cooking oil, a bottle of vinegar, coconut cream in cans, some biscuits, juices, sandwich spread, veggies, powdered soap for washing machine, some biscuits for mom and more chicken breast for Oreo and pork for us as well.  Jovy cooked kare-kare last night for dinner using two powdered packs of  kare-kare mix.

I am not sure if we are ready for the lifting of the lockdown by April  12. Personally I hope they will extend it for two more weeks or until they have done that much needed mass testing.  Pinupulitika pa rin kasi hangga ngayon.  If those protocols were in place earlier, we could have not reached this number. So sad.

Holding on and praying for everyone.

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