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Pantoum for Coronavirus

Marieta Maglas is a co-author in some anthologies published by Ardus Publications, Sybaritic Press, Prolific Press, and Silver Birch Press.

Pantoum for Coronavirus

Transparent windows in the light,

Trees losing their offspring and leaves,

Aged men and women in the sight,

Tales that coronavirus weaves,

Woodland losing its broods and leaves~

Static life as in a fast train,

Fears that the new virus weaves,

The breaths in the torrential rain,

Steady life as in a night train,

The hues' reverse into the past,

Stones in the sharp, pouring rain,

Stressed winds and waves seeming so vast,

Blue poppies and birds fixing the sky,

Aged, wrinkled couples in the sight,

Starved infants and angels to fly,

Pellucid windows in the light.

Poem by Marieta Maglas


Discovered in 1960, this virus has an upper respiratory and gastrointestinal location. The name is taken from the Latin corona because this virus looks like having a solar corona around it. It is usually found in bats. It started its evolution to an epidemic scenario in 2003, in China.

In 2012, in Saudi Arabia, a new epidemic fever followed the utilization of the camel milk and it is said therefore this disease cannot be eradicated. Also, it is thought that the illness named Covid-19 or coronavirus December 2019 is caused by the consumption of Pangolin meat.

The Chinese Wuhan coronavirus is like the SARS coronavirus that infects through attaching to the angiotensin-converting enzyme which controls the blood pressure. Modified levels of ACE can be found in diseases like diabetes, leprosy, hepatitis, hyperthyroidism, and osteoarthritis.

The pantoum has the origin in the pantun berkait and contains four interwoven quatrains. Poets like Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, Leconte de Lisle, John Ashbery, Caitriona O'Reilly, and Carolyn Kizer have written beautiful poems belonging to this type.

The musician Maurice Ravel entitled one of his compositions “Pantoum (Assez vif)".

The pantoum appeared in western poetry during the 19th century and was very much alike with two French types of poetry, rondeau, and villanelle.