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Poem-Hope during the Pandemic- Response to Word Prompt-Hope by Brenda Arledge

One other important lesson the pandemic has taught us is to remain humble and that every form of life has a right to exist just like us.



This poem is in response to the word prompt challenge by Brenda Arledge. This week’s word prompt being-Hope.

Brenda is a great poet and writes beautiful poems. She has started this endeavor of encouraging new writers by giving word prompts every week. Her word prompts have evoked immense interest in us to think creative. It is all so exciting and we get to see a variety of interesting work from fellow hubbers.

As soon as I saw this word prompt, the thought that came to my mind was the vaccine and I remembered how we had welcomed the news that the vaccine for covid virus was found and would be administered very soon. After a year of so much tragedy and stress caused by the pandemic, we started hoping that with the discovery of the vaccine, this year would be better.

Vaccination brought Hope during the Pandemic

The Pandemic wreaked havoc in the lives of people the world over. Everything changed overnight. Last year was a year of unprecedented upheavals in social, economic and political spheres. But on the plus side we saw a lot of creativity and innovations.

A combination of expertise, collaboration and exploration from scientists and researchers all over the world lead to a breakthrough in the discovery of the vaccination. Ordinarily it takes years to find the correct vaccine. This was achieved in months due to the combined efforts and dedicated hard work of all concerned. The adoption of digital technology in industries, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and education has happened at a pace never seen before.


One of the positive changes ushered in during this time was the opportunity for many women to restart their career due to the flexibility in workspace practices. But the greatest lesson the pandemic has taught us is to never lose hope.

The pandemic taught us to respect every form of life and that all lifeforms have a right to exist just like us. Another important lesson the pandemic taught us is to never get discouraged by failures or obstacles, but to treat it as an opportunity to learn and progress in life. It has also showed us how we can achieve success by turning adversity into opportunity.

Not long-ago we had a life of our own,

travelling, partying and meeting friends,

Movies, shopping to our hearts content,

Moaning the long commute to the office,

Was what filled our days.

But we took it for granted,

Now it seems like a myth.

Then came the pandemic

And turned everything upside down

Turned the world sick and

Made the atmosphere forlorn

So many lives were lost

And some lost their jobs

Everything was uncertain

And survival was at stake.

We had to follow the rules

No vacations, no shopping

No movies, no visiting friends

No long walks, no beach visits

No snow surfing, no eating out

Everything changed overnight

Prevention is needed

To survive we were told.

Mask when you go out,

Wash hands as often as you can.

Sanitize everything,

Keep distance from everyone.

No hugging no kissing

Not even with your dear kids

No shaking hands but a

Namaste is just fine.

We are home but we are busy

The toil never seems to end

Office work, school work,

Or chores, the list is very long.

Television is for distraction,

For Meetings we have zoom.

We cannot meet our friends now

But we can text or phone them,

And share what we can.

Pets are our comfort, our saviors,

They are our true friends

When we have none.

We are learning new hobbies,

We are playing new games,

We will do some creative,

We will sing, dance and play.

This virus cannot daunt us,

We have hope in our hearts.

It is only but natural

We feel anxious sometimes

But we have resolved never to give up,

And to be positive and strive along.

We will see our dreams through

We have hope in our hearts.

The Vaccine is here

The Vaccine is here

Like a ray of sunlight

On a dull gloomy day

Came the good news

The vaccine was on its way.

Hope filled our hearts

Of better days ahead.

We jumped with delight

And shed tears of Joy

We rejoiced we made plans

We dared to dream of outings,

Vacations and shopping sprees.

We resolved to be happy and gay,

And not let the virus spoil our day.



Together, we worked really hard

Struggled along and finally found the way.

We turned adversity into achievement

Because we had hope in our heart.

One thing we learned during all this,

Is to live with humility and gratitude.

To respect nature and live in harmony

And respect all life just as our own.

A Song of Hope-Musicians from around the globe perform to raise Hope during COVID 19



VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on March 31, 2021:

Thanks Chitrangada for the visit and nice comments. Yes what you have said is correct. It is far from over. Now the increase in fresh cases point to a second wave. But the vaccine if administered with haste can surely help save a lot of lives. Have a good day.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on March 31, 2021:

Thanks Ravi for the visit and the nice comments. Much appreciated. It has been a year and normal life seems to be a distant dream. I doubt whether we will ever return to the old normal. Yes it is hope and will which have helped us in these tough times. The vaccine has surely brought some hope. Have a great day.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on March 31, 2021:

Hi Misbah, Thanks for the visit and nice comments. Much appreciated. Yes the hope reminded me of what we all went through last year due to the Pandemic. It was hope that helped us see through it. The vaccine has brought some relief. Have a great day.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on March 31, 2021:

Thank you John for the nice comments. Much appreciated. Brenda's word prompts inspire us to try. And Hope keeps us going even during stressful times. Have a great day.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on March 31, 2021:

Thanks Pamela for the nice comments. I appreciate it very much. The word hope reminded me of the day, when we got the news of the discovery of the vaccine. Nobody anticipated it would be done so fast. Everybody rejoiced and started makin plans. So I thought of writing a poem about it.

To keep smiling is my moto Pamela, because it is happiness we all seek. 'Sat Chit Ananda' is the philosophy I believe in. By the way you have a beautiful smile too Pamela. Have a great day.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 31, 2021:

Nice poem and good response to the word prompt challenge. You have narrated the adverse effects of the pandemic appropriately. It’s still not over. Hope is the only thing, which we have carried with us, throughout the last year, and even now. The vaccines have brought the much needed relief, and I am sure, we will get through this Worldwide crisis soon.

Thank you for sharing.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on March 31, 2021:

A beautiful and timely poem Vidya. Yes, the pandemic has turned our lives tipsy-turvy and it is unlikely that we would resume our normal lives any time soon. But where there is hope, there is will, and where there is will things change for the better.THanks for sharing.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on March 31, 2021:

Vidya, This is a superb response to Brenda's Prompt Hope. I enjoyed reading it

Thanks for sharing

Peace and Blessings

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 31, 2021:

Vidya, I can’t imagine a better example of “hope” than this poem and commentary. This is the perfect response to Brenda’s challenge. Blessings.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 31, 2021:

I think your poem was perfect for how our lives have been impacted over the past year, and it sure was appropriate for Brenda's prompt, Vidya. Hope was all we had for quite a long time.

I always like reading your poems, and when I click on your page the first thing I notice is your beautiful smile. However, I love your articles as well. Blessings.

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