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Interesting how what we thought was important fades amidst Covid19



Fear paralysed me as I gazed at the television screen

My ears were ringing at the mention of deaths

of people from the coronavirus.

The numbers were so large, and I couldn’t take it in at once

For a few minutes, I just sat there

Trying to process what I had just heard

But for the moment it made no sense

Many emotions clouded up my head

Making it humanly impossible to think straight

All I could make out was my holiday

That I was planning and saving up for months was ruined

I was annoyed at how countries let an invisible microbe

Emerge and spread instantaneously throughout the world

In the advanced 21st century.

The next few days went by like a blur

There was an endless rise in the number of deaths

And the media brought the suffering of distant people

Into our living rooms

During these days, boredom and fear

Started to eat me up alive

It seemed like the coronavirus affected the way the clocks worked

But I was satisfied that I was doing my best

To prevent the spread of the disease by staying home

To combat my boredom, I read or played the guitar

After a while, I got busy with online classes.

Interesting how what we thought was important

fades amidst Covid19.

As I was absorbed in reading one day

Embarrassment tightened my throat

As I recalled my feelings of my lost dream vacation.

I felt so inhumane. People were losing their lives

And I was complaining about my lost holiday

What was wrong with me?

I was really worried for those who were affected

Young people like me were either suddenly gone lost grandparents or even one or both parents

Equally suddenly, basic things of life

Like food, education, care and love become dashed dreams

It wasn’t their fault that they were cruelly taken away

From their families, or have opportunities dashed

This situation made me realize

How blessed I was to have such a great family

To support me through this.

Yet, I felt so helpless that I couldn’t do anything

To help people overcome this.

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