Corona Duty

In these trying times
Staying in self isolation
For days to beat death
The difference between
Sanity and insanity gets

A howl wants to escape
From the core of your
Existence, defying death
And disease, as you struggle
To live in a world as diverse
As chalk and cheese and
You want to say ‘cheese’
To life, but the word gets
Stuck in your throat and
You want to scoff at the
‘civilization’ at the ‘progress’
That has failed to save Man.

Uncertainty engulfs you
As unknown fear grips
Your mind and you try
To find solace in nature
That has reclaimed its
Position in the earth,
A benefit of the prolonged
Lockdown world over.

Hungry laborers walk
The streets; with factories
Closed they do not know
What to do. Yet they struggle
To survive and you struggle
With them, the marginal
And downtrodden in this
War to save the civilization,
Where not a bullet is fired,
But men and women have
Died in thousands.

What good are our warships
And killing machines when
They cannot save Man from
The clutches of death dished
Out by a microscopic life form
That has mutated to beat
Medical science hollow and
To make progress of science

Man accuses man for
The spread of the virus.
Man tries to fix blame.
But it’s time to fight together,
Shoulder to shoulder, forgetting
National boundaries, religions
And cultural differences and
Rise in solidarity for the
Future of Man…!

Pranab Ghosh is a journalist, writer, poet, translator and blogger. His blog is “Existential Problems”. His poems and prose have been published by several on=line publications including Dissident Voice, Spillwords, The Piker Press, Setu Magazine, Pangolin Review, Visual Verse, etc. Pranab has coauthored a book of poems, titled Air & Age; a translation of a book of Bengali short stories, “Bougainvillea and Other Stories” (English translation title). His second book of poems and first solo book, “Soul Searching and Other Poems” (2017), was published by Scarlet Leaf Publishing, Toronto. His second collection of poems, “Vision of the World and Other Poems”, was published by in November 2020. Read other articles by Pranab.