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Lonesome War


Not spud but cabbage on couch
Scrolling Netflix and Amazon prime
Losing minds, tossing and a crouch
Procrastination and a mind of grime.

Stuck oh stuck, no more mingling
A joust of fear and hopeful gleams
Humans like cattle step out trembling
Only to slide back behind black beams.

Virus not cyber but into soft fertile flesh
Brings on a future clad in psyched craze
Not all have strength to cut through the mesh
Ode to ploys of science and its ethical haze.

Stuck oh stuck, no more games and song
Time will tell what fate breaks or mends
Hope this little bomb isn't here for long
Let's stay in and cast out this morbid trend.

© 2020 Tiyasha Maitra


Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on April 02, 2020:

Yes Brenda, trying to make good of each day. Hope things come in control soon.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 02, 2020:

Yeah, I hope this bug disappears as quickly as it intruded our space.

Finding new ways to entertain oneself is a challenge, but it can be fun.

Try to find something good in each day.

We will make it.

Take care.

Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on April 02, 2020:

Thanks Lora. You are absolutely right. The virus has hit hard like a karmic intervention. Humans need to take it as a warning and realise the necessity of humane behaviour towards one another. One of my friends said that the present situation is nature's way of cleansing itself. The way we have destroyed and experimented with natural resources is sad and cruel.

Hope you and your family are alright. Take care and stay safe

Lora Hollings on April 02, 2020:

A poem that really hits us hard with the harshness of this situation. The virus like a juggernaut has come crashing into our world, a new reality is now shaping our lives! Maybe this virus, if we defeat it, will also teach us greater humility and kindness toward those that we have taken all power from and treat their lives with so little respect such as the victims of animal agriculture, especially those stuck in large factory farms, who cry out in terrible pain and suffering every day and yet we continue to show them no mercy. We humans have a long way to go and I hope that we learn much from this experience like changing our lifestyles to be more compassionate ones and not placing ourselves above all other creation. An excellent poem, Tiyasha, with gripping metaphors.

Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on April 01, 2020:

Yes Manatita,

Modi is trying his best to control the situation. The response is mixed though owing to the many migrant workers who are stranded. But volunteers are trying to get food and essentials to them. There really is no other alternative other than the lockdown.

Hope you and your family are doing ok. Stay safe my friend.

manatita44 from london on April 01, 2020:

Awesome piece. I hear that Modi is doing a great but painful job. My best wishes to you and family.

Tiyasha Maitra (author) from Gurgaon on March 31, 2020:

Thanks so much Lorna, Liz, Jason and John.

A very apocalyptic situation, almost out of a movie.

The sad thing is inspite of several warnings some people are still attempting to venture out.

Hope we can control this soon and the end of the world isn't here yet..

Thanks a lot for reading and commenting. Your comments made my day.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on March 31, 2020:

Nice poem. I thought it was great actually.

I kind of agree with everyone. Haha. Everything thing does feel like it's going in slow motion but the virus. It seems to be at high speed and spreading like wildfire. It's crazy how fast this virus has gotten out of control.

Also, it totally does feels like a sci-fi movie. It's bizarre. That life, in a nutshell, I guess. It can change in an instant. One minute your footloose and fancy-free and the next; all heck is breaking loose!

That's why it's so important not to take things for granted. You just never know when life could take a true for the worst.

I truly think things will get better, it's just a matter of time. Until then stay safe and stay healthy.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 31, 2020:

What is happening to the world at the moment feels like something out of a science fiction novel or dystopian/apocalyptic movie, Tiyasha. Your poem describes it well and in your own very unique way. I love it.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 31, 2020:

This has a 'War of the Worlds' feel to it. You have captured the atmosphere well of our dystopian existence at this time.

Lorna Lamon on March 31, 2020:

The reality of this virus and its grip on the world is hard to believe. It's almost as if time has stood still, and everything is in slow motion, apart from the virus. Your poem creates a very vivid picture of the reality of the situation and yet I feel there is hope, if we listen to the advice. Great writing Tiyasha.

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