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Postby Jim Sheppard » Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:15 pm

For those who do not already know, the 50th Infantry Regiment was prepared for deployment as part of the new 20th Infantry Division when the Spanish Influenza epidemic hit the world in 1918. Their ranks were decimated and they were quarantined at Camp Sevier, South Caroline for several months before being moved to Camp Dix, New Jersey...where they spent nearly a year re-gaining their full troop strength. In the interim, the war ended, but the 50th continued on to Germany to become part of the occupation forces.

History repeats itself.

I came across this poem written in 1869 and reprinted during 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. It was written in 1869 by Kathleen O’Meara:

And people stayed at home
And read books
And listened
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
More deeply
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.
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