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, poet, author and translator. He has three published books to his credit. Air and Age (co-author; published from Kolkata), Soul Searching and Other Poems (first solo book of poems, published from Toronto) and Bougainvillea And Other Stories, a book of short stories in English, translated from the Bengali original. His poems have been published in Tuck Magazine, Dissident Voice, Literature Studio Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Leaves of Ink, Weasel Press,, Harbinger Asylum, Spillwords, The Piker Press, Visual Verse, Hans India and Setu Magazine, among others. He is married and lives in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Read other articles by Pranab.