It rises from the east
She brought along the beast
With the speed of a lightening
Amongst us, the fear heightened
It pushes through the green zone
It spits and spreads and groans
Along it way turning everything dark
Poisonous to the lungs it attacks
The earth cannot breathe it wears a mask
Quick to snatched the aged and frail
Oh, it covers everything with dust & ashes
The stranger from the east
Came unexpected to destroy, kill and to feast.
To a halt on mankind actions
She swore to reach the four corners and causes extinction
In this race, she is faster
Dynasties crumbling without an heir
Hunger is greeted with chills and aches
Cough and sneeze the appetite forsakes
Skyscrapers and empty streets are all we see
Cover under the sheet of materialism is the vanity we cheat.
She rises from the east
And everyone retreats
into the safety of their cave
Afraid of her wrath, a name ahead engrave
A darkness has fallen upon us
The happy new year they say but never told us that the queen is worse.
Everyone has dropped their phones
She has all the attention she wants as she sits on her throne.
Washing of hands is never enough
The elbow holding droplets is tough
How fresh can the air be yet we are terrified to take it in.
Surfaces are all infected we are all afraid to touch the bin.
The sun will rise from the east again
Daylight and rays our faces it stains
Waters are cleaner, the sky is clearer
Animals are out with a torchbearer
This earth belongs to us all
We have to stop with the brawl.
We are in this together
Yet, social distancing is a bother.
As mankind go back to his selfish ways
What the queen’s name again? We blaze, Corona they all call out, while we gaze.
The only question that needs an answer now is, are we really the Victim or the Virus?
Poem ©Rahima Vandy-Kargbo
Stay Safe everyone! Cough or sneeze inside your elbow, wash your hands regularly and practice social distancing. That is the only cure you have right now.