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Yes, there is fear

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“Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.

But,

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise

You can hear the birds again

The radio broadcast it as a plea to pause, listen and reflect.

Humans have always had their own ways

To cope with disaster

Now, we have the facility

To air our haikus and verses instantly

As they occur to us

And I couldn’t escape the waking dream

Of infected fleas

In the warp and weft of soggy cloth

By the tailor’s hearth

He captured the world

Every village, every city

Invincible and dangerous

Than anybody has ever been

But little did he know of the secret army

The army of heroes clad in white and green

Despite what you might think or feel,

We are not the enemy

We are messenger,  we are ally

We are a balancing force

We are asking you

To stop, to be still, to listen

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