Ode in the Time of Coronavirus

Ode in the Time of Coronavirus

Ode in the Time of Coronavirus

It swept the world like a tidal wave, a Tsunami
That plunged us in the depths of anxiety,
Fear lies crouching in the labyrinth of our minds.
This virus is an enigma, a mystery to be unraveled,
It knows no boundaries of geography, time and space,
It visits the rich and the poor, preys on the weak and vulnerable, stalking us at
night and in the day.
It is everywhere, where is it?
I walk outside, busy streets deserted, a lone figure in the distance, a car passes
by,
A chipmunk crosses the road, the empty silence is loud and deafening
Where is everyone, where have they gone?
I had seen them just yesterday bustling around.
I walk by a bakery, almost empty, except for serving a few obsessed with the
cravings for pain au raisin or a walnut roll that peeks through the bread case
It reminds of the times when so much more was visible, life was throbbing,
vibrating, rushing the day.
But today the shock is global, people are in panic hidden behind their doors,
Loved ones die, no, there is nothing you can do,
Not even get close and hold their hand as their spirit passes away.
Many watch this on an iPad, a laptop, this cannot be a replacement for human
contact.
Spring is here, the buds are in bloom, the cherry blossoms color a desolate yet
stirring and beautiful landscape,
A profusion of yellow flowers confronts my eyes, nature at its best, ever changing,
ever steady.

How long will this last? The thought lingers in our minds and on our lips.
We cannot answer, the virus is an unknown until we learn more.
We are humbled despite our technological advances,
We are humbled to know how little we know.
Day merges into night and night merges into day seamlessly as we wait and
watch……………..

Suvira Chaturvedi
April 16, 2020
suvirachaturvedi@hotmail.com