By V Kumaraswamy
It was a call from my daughter, voice sweet as honey as ever, enquiring after my welfare,
I said I was fine and countered her on the inscrutable disease and its surrounding despair,
Precautions we insist on – last time we stopped visitors at our door, and sanitization a must
This time it is upgraded: We don’t let outsiders in or insiders out of our society’s gate.
God! You came in various Avatars – Fish, Wild Boar, Turtle; you came as half lion and half man,
But due to come was the winged one that soars and shows us the way to Heaven,
Bat it is this time: and if your winged creation prefers darkness over light,
You have taken over our lives through a virus which remains out of sight
First you shut the national borders and made us stay within our shores.
Next you locked us within our states and we learnt to live by new mores,
Then it was national lock down and you made us all stay within our doors
Then you shut our workplace and made office part of household chores
Then you came into my life uninvited, sent shivers down every near one’s spine,
My office knew it and said to stay away from work was fine,
Courtesy and rules made me inform my society, who said the lift is closed for us,
Stay indoors they warned and made us prisoners within our own doors.
Then it was my wife, who shut the door of my room within the house’s larger door,
Sanity she called; I could not figure if it was society’s hygiene or my mental one to preserve,
Not satisfied with your sanctions, You made me voiceless with a mask around my face,
And made every sneeze, cough, and breath of mine an enemy of Mankind.
May be as a prelude to taking my last breath, You took my smell and taste away,
The sight of flowers outside my window became my only cherished company,
You made me discover different aspects of mine and explore the beauty within,
The Blue skies and fresh winds free of Man’s corruption for once felt so genuine.
Oh! Almighty Corona, you shrunk my energy and diminished my zest and zeal for life,
Can You also take away my ego, invisible like you but the scourge of our happiness,
Can You shut the doors on greed and avarice and fear of future, my biggest demon within?
So I shed the several layers of false cloths I wear and see the true Me and its virtuous origin,
To Deliver this Realization, Oh Corona! hope taking our breath away is not Your only way!