Let an Old Man Hip You to Something

by on July 29, 2020 · 9 comments

in From the Soul, Health

by Ernie McCray

I’ve always
thought of myself as hip,
up on things,
tuned in, with it, aware.
And then along comes a serious health scare
seemingly out of nowhere
and I’m feeling a bit square,
not so tuned in
and with it
and aware
because when I got word
that we could maybe
bring this deadly disease
to its knees
by wearing masks
and not getting too
close to each other
and washing our hands frequently,
never in my wildest dreams
could I have ever conceived
that we would
run around willy-nilly
and outraged
at being hipped
to how to keep ourselves
alive and safe:
refusing to cover our face,
some toting guns,
decrying the rules of the day,
on the steps of the capitol of their state;
standing shoulder to shoulder
at the beach
and rubbing against each other
in bars and cafes;
not giving a damn
that they might contaminate grandma
who’s of the age
most likely to die
from this dreadful plague.

I saw none of that coming my way
because I believed
we Americans
were the kind of people
who felt that, in spite of
our many shortcomings,
when we put our minds to a problem
there’s nothing we can’t achieve,
no obstacle
we can’t move out of our way.
I thought we were going to give it all we’ve got
in some kind of “American Way.”
“Yeah, right,” is about all I can say
about that today.

But let me hip you to something.
To how we need to understand
that we need to get as healthy as we can
since covid-19
is but one of the crises
that we have to face.
Hey, we’ve got a
political/economical system
that’s flat on its face
and issues around race
that are forever in our face
and Mother Nature
is revving up
to put on a show someday
of weather extremes
that will be the talk of the Milky Way –
all to say
we’re in the bind
of our lifetime
and we can’t
address such life determining challenges
without being strong of body
and strong of mind,
and that can’t happen
if we’re “double daring”
a killer bug to “cross a line”
like we’ve lost our mind.
That’s not hip anytime.
But what it’s come down to
is the hippest thing we can do
at this time:
wear a mask
and wash our hands
and keep a distance between us
at all times.

For the wellbeing
of all of humankind.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

sloanranger August 1, 2020 at 1:54 am

Too true.


Micporte August 1, 2020 at 7:11 am

Good poem, man, WISE, with age comes wisdom, not the consumer kid kingdom, or if it is to be, the vidiot kingdom will be as their video games are, blood and killing, no merci and no soul willing…. gosh, did you ever think we would get here? But don’t be afraid, fear is the mind killer, keep playing the game instead, the new game, the eternal game, you are the player one…


Suzi August 3, 2020 at 5:53 pm

I love it Ernie! You summed it up nicely!


Irma Jeanisse August 3, 2020 at 6:24 pm

Once again… Thank you so very


Carrie Peery August 3, 2020 at 6:46 pm

Ernie,” Old Hip Man’.
You make a lot of since to me. If everyone would listen, it could save not just one but millions of Americans if each of us would only realize that what is asked of us to do is simple. We already should be washing our hands, the other two, wearing a face covering and social distancing does not cost any of us money. Even the poor people have something to tie over their mouth and nose. We have been divided by those that really don’t care about Americans.
Carrie Peery,


Ken Druck August 4, 2020 at 8:49 am

Said masterfully, as always, Ernie! Thank you.


Andrea August 4, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Dear Ernie, don’t know if you remember me I was CEO of Casa Familiar for 36yrs.
I thought your poem was great! Can’t understand why people refuse to recognize this is a health issue not a political issue keeping safe, wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing is an act of loving yourself and those around you. Anything less is insufficient! Keep up your great skills!


Thomas Gayton August 4, 2020 at 12:48 pm

Trump has convinced too many Americans that HIP is not cool but we must keep HIP alive


Willie Lang August 4, 2020 at 1:52 pm

I am sharing this on my Facebook. I think it sums up who we are conceivably and the who we are in reality. Hopefully, the EXHORTATION at the end will change things! Wonderful work indeed!!


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