It is often said that great art is created during troubled times, so it should come as no surprise that Barnard — well known for its alumnae writers — has seen this trend continue as the “twin pandemics” of COVID-19 and a renewed focus on racial injustice and violence sweep the world. In this new limited series, Barnard community members share poems and songs that speak to this unique moment in time. (If you would like to contribute, please email

Today, we feature Loretta Cody ’80’s poem “Birds.”

Birds flying high 
Not a care in the world 
All very blue 
What will unfurl 
Maybe a storm
See not so true 
Peace can change 
If you allow it to 
Stick with the soar 
Not with the cloud 
It's all in your view 
Feel it out loud 
Birds flying high 
What should they do 
Look at the sky 
Find what is true