ISOLATION VERSUS COVID FRUSTRATION
By Lynn Meziani
I sit surrounded by complete silence
I can hear every breath – the sound of life all around me
No humans in sight
No moving cars
No birds tweeting
No clouds drifting
No rain falling
No cats meowing
Dogs have lost their bark – they have even vanished from the park!
Maybe they will come out at night and give us an awful fright!
I pray they will not bite!
Suddenly out of nowhere
an invisible intruder arrives on our planet
with the sole intention of destroying anyone who comes into contact
with the enemy
Written in blood are the terms:-
- Sneezing is an offence, without any recompense
- If you touch a human or go too near this will cause you
immense fear of dying on the spot from this terrible grot
Food is scarce
Do not even think of finding soap
Oh Lord how will we cope?
Washing hands is now an obsession
for some poor souls it will be a huge regression
We are trapped in our “cells” – only breaking out to have a walk
but we are barely allowed to even talk
People pass by and give you the evil eye
but don’t dare go too near
for dreaded fear
of contaminating them with this mysterious disease
and that is not going to please!
So off we trot along with our hidden grot
walking away from all humans in sight
what a terrible plight!
When will this silence end?
but I pray this isolation will not last FOREVER
We follow the humdrum daily routine
of keeping our hands obsessively clean
remembering not to touch any part of our face
for fear of destroying the human race
We watch the News daily with great despair
Are we to undergo major repair?
to remove the evil germ which has invaded the human cell
and destroyed our antibodies and sent us to hell
I awake in silence and scrub my hands
which now resemble raw meat
and very soon we will be scrubbing our feet!
Bleach and Dettol are the new Chanel
but the aromas in the room remind you of hell!
My cupboards are spilling over with antibacterial potions
and highly toxic sprays and lotions
I wonder where the menace is now
while I wipe my weary brow?
Is it in the room with me?
I will investigate but will not invite it to tea!
Is it hiding in the sink?
Oh No what a terrible stink!
You cannot touch this unknown silent thing
for fear you will get a nasty sting!
It may get up your nose whilst you are asleep
or even invade your chest – this terrible mysterious PEST!
This continuing isolation is increasing our frustration
Who on earth gave this intruder the right?
to destroy our lives with our husbands and wives!
Skyping our dear ones has become the trend
But this is driving me round the bend!
I only see my daughter through a computer screen
which brings tears to my eyes as I wipe it clean
We are wearing masks to complete our tasks
gloves as well to cure the spell!
We could be doctors in disguise, but I do not think this is wise
What can we do to send it away?
I think the answer is to sit and pray
or even save it for a rainy day!
The silence is now loud,
and for that I am proud
Life has returned to its normal state
surely this is a twist of fate!
Dogs are now barking
and cars are now parking
I no longer have hands so raw
I can leave the surgical gloves in the drawer
I have a smile on my face instead of a frown
and I am looking forward to shopping in town.
My anxiety is less and that I bless
and so happy not to feel in a terrible mess.
Life is now normal and I am jumping for joy
and hope the deadly virus does not return to annoy!
Could I be dreaming – of this I am not sure
but let us hope they find a permanent cure!
I hope we can break this silence and awake from a bad dream
And celebrate with some strawberries and cream!
© Lynn Meziani May 2020