Pro Vax and No Vax – the ancient Shock Strategy again succeeded
and the fear of each other
becomes a long river of loath and hatred
springing out of the needle of shame
that rapes humanity’s weak flesh and mind massively and relentlessly

and I wonder, what will become of us,
I can’t see the end of this abysmal hysteria

I can only see the huge scar of a world broken in two
with its splinters perfectly fit into the great political puzzle
molded inside the ideological bowels
of the New World Order

and what will become of all those emotional bonds that were born yesterday and that now shatter and prematurely die under the weight of the Green Pass?

I wonder in which hole on the face of the earth
the seed of love and the common sense have been buried.

Mihaela Melnic, born in Romania, lives and writes in Rome, Italy. She is the author of the poetry collection Layers of Rust and Life (2023, Impspired Press), co-author of the poetry and short fiction book Evermore (2021, 17Numa Press). Her work has been published in various literary venues and anthologies. Links to her publications can be found at her website. Read other articles by Mihaela.