Patterns of Time
by Lori Anderson
Patterns of time.
Survivors & descendants
of survivors. Patterns.
Pandemics & problems,
People can survive,
People do survive.
War Poster from Witherby & Co. Photo from Wikimedia.
Patterns. From a small seed to a full, swirling pattern. Repeating, repeating. Giving birth to new patterns. Falling to give way to time.
Empty streets in China from Covid19. Business Insider/Reuters.
March of humanity 1918/19. Business Insider.
Empty halls 2020.
Full trenches 1917 & 1918.
Empty stadium seats 2020.
The leaves fall and the shadows deepen. Time swirls. Ebbing, flowing patterns.The rising and setting of the sun and moon. Fall draws us on to the cold winter.
The 2019 peak of activity in the fall.
K. Kliche / Pixabay.
The 1918/19 peak of mortality in the fall.
Japanese schoolgirls during Spanish Flu.
Bettmann / Business Insider
The cold, hard winter. Empty, frozen patterns. Invisible patterns. Patterns that choke, that try to kill the hope lying dormant under the snow.
Empty city streets, 2020.
Full emergency hospital, Kansas, 1918.
National Museum of Health / AP / Wikimedia
Empty subways 2020.
Hope dares. Winter screams. Spring hides under the bleakness. Hope remains unseen until — Spring grows brave, strengthened by the rising sun.
1918 Spanish flu notice.
Shelter-in-place order, 2020.
Mask up or else. 1918/19
The sun shines bright. Patterns grow. Descendants of patterns reach towards the sun. Patterns ripen. Beautiful and bright, patterns of time swirl on.
Victory Garden 2020!
Victory Garden 1917!
U.S. Government National Archives