March of 2020 was way different than what we’ve expected. We found ourselves living in a pandemic and fighting with an unseen threat. Many of us, amidst this unprecedented crisis of COVID-19, have felt hopelessness, as if the sun will never rise again. It all seems very scary, but there is good to come up from this. Though it seems so dark, there is light in all of this.
What we need to do is to look at it!
To uplift our spirits, I’m sharing some poetry that I composed.
“Under the orange sky
It’s been hooting and tooting
The roads are jam-packed
With cars, bikes and rickshaws
Of people striving to make some place
Trying not to be late
But traffic’s making them wait.
I passed by some restaurants and salons
And found some stores and shops.
Blown up with hundreds of people,
A lump of selfishness I could sense.
A sense of trepidation and fret,
I could see on their faces.
Grab 5 packs of rice and
A few extra kilo of flour,
Don’t forget the bottle of hand wash,
A sizable one. Indeed!
Wait! Did you catch those last
Remaining packs of sanitizer and masks?
Go! Before that woman asks,
And have all those what is ours.
The day has only begun.
And there’s so much to be done.
Is it just like any other morning
Of our existence,
Or like the sun, the moon and the stars?
Yes, I guess. If not,
Then it can be.
The world is like the sun
That will never set.
And when will the world
Cars and bikes have no place to be,
Shops and stores are closed,
People are forced to spend time with them.
They are compelled to take only what they really need.
The whole world is changing around
and equivalently affecting all.
I know its hard time
For all the beings.
All are going through the same.
But what if instead of driving
Our heads crazy,
We value the resources and praise
The Almighty for what he gave?
Not taking everything for granted.
The water, air, light, food
Home and humans is all we have.
What if the pollution decreases again?
What if the water looks crystal blue again?
What if the greenery covered us again?
What if the birds sing again?
What if the nature gets balanced again?
What if we are forced to quarantine with
a bunch of people called family?
What if parents watch their kids learn and grow?
What if we are forced to bond with people again?
What if there are fewer cars and bike?
What if the roads are empty?
What if we all are giving up that glitter & glamour?
What if we all are forced to live the same way?
What if we’re looking with the same lens?
Let’s have a deeper feeling of unity.
Let’s aware ourselves of our communities.
Let’s redefine us.
Let’s reevaluate our ways,
The way we used to live in the past.
Let the sun fall its rays.”