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The New Normal by Manatita


Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.


The New Normal

Trapped within an indoor world, somewhat like

A Matrix, fear and loneliness my bosom friends.

Stripped of all pretentions, I lay bare my heart,

Trying to unshackle my distress and insecurity.

Forced to exist in a quarantined home, my material

Comforts have all but disappeared. In this new crucible of fire,

There’s neither mercy nor delight, only shadows. Gone are the

Hugs and kisses, the throbs of embrace; the sugary peak emotions.

No more those eyes of ‘crimson red’ from late nights

Of party mode, nor are those legs weary from feet

Dancing way into the night. Instead, anxiety steals the

Brilliance of a mind, now sodden with aloneness and despair.

I lay naked in my bath, gaze entreatingly upwards, palms pleading

In prayer, to find purpose to life. (Bismillah, song). My mate Frank had just

Ended it all, as did Sarah, his spouse. The scribbled and solemn note they

Left, simply said: “No money, no food, no friends; only isolation and darkness.”

Yet another variant comes ‘round, like spring. Only

There’s a dearth of renewal; no scented roses of beauty;

No tulips. I take my worn-out mask, hanging just above my

Jacket rails and head for the supermarket. The sky appears

Grey as I pause, breathe; remember: Hands, face; space.


I do my sanitize routine; put on my masks; take note

Of fellow humans on the streets. I dare not unmask

In crowded spaces. People avoid me as I reciprocate,

But now they say ‘thanks’ and continue on their way.

I had my first Astra Zeneca shot today. Big pharma wins

But who cares? No one knows if the afterlife is better; so, like

Little children – many of us do what we are told. Efficacy is 90%,

They say, and so I hope, praying that the recent variants pass me by.

I found a new friend though, a Professor Zoom who

Takes money off my account. At least I have joined more

Poets, so I don’t go crazy and I socialize quite well. It has

Been a life-saver in so many interesting ways!

Away from news of the distressing daily toll, the frontline

Problems, the inequities; scare-mongering and contact-tracing,

I have embraced new international circles; freed myself from

Innuendos and conspiracy theories; even managing to exercise! Not bad!

Now my only suffering is a lack of Love. Wish I was

A flute; You the player of bewildering emotions,

Resonating a cascade of feelings in my soul. Alas! I walk

A thorny Path to get to You, stumbling on

Beds of nails, blood-red in the core of my feelings.

Come, my scented Lavender, bring me the breeze of the

Joy of Spring; the sunlight, so I can merrily waltz with You,

On this, Your sweet lap, of tomorrow’s fragrant meadows.

- Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 28th February, 2021


Have you had your vaccine?




A couple of minutes of heavenly laughter

© 2021 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on March 03, 2021:

Yes, Bro.

It's a joy to hear from you! I have had one shot. Just some soreness on the following day. Normal side-effects. I also take Vit D, so important in cold countries, but in your case perhaps Zinc and C would be useful. Eat well.

India is such a vast country! No joke. I admire your current P.M. No one is perfect but any democracy is hard to run, yet alone the largest. Yes, take the vaccine, but if it's Pfizer, then wait for 15 mins after the vaccine before going away. Thanks for your contribution. Stay safe and blessed.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on March 03, 2021:

A good take on the new normal, Manatita, my Bro.

Your poetry described it all in a perfect way. Now, this is the way of life we have to stick with for another full year if not longer. We may not like it but it has to be coped with by adjusting all our activities accordingly.

Wear your mask, wash your hands frequently, keep your distance, and sanitize things. That's all it!!!

Spend as much time in your home as possible avoiding all outings. Work on digital platforms for all your needs!

Hope you and yours are all doing well. I am not considering getting vaccinated for the time being.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 02, 2021:

Haha. I was thinking of you. (Joke)

Actually this is applicable to so many!! Thanks a lot, Ruby. Much Love!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 02, 2021:

This is one of your best, you conveyed my feelings so well. Your poetry is deep and very inspiring. Stay safe.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 01, 2021:

Thank you, appreciated. Stay well and blessed.

Rosina S Khan on March 01, 2021:

Wow Manatita! I loved the poem about "The New Normal". It's a bit sad but definitely carries hope for tomorrow and the future. Beautifully expressed. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 01, 2021:

Sooner or later, yes. Yet each moment is new. Nothing ever stays the same. You have a word for it in Biology? Chuckle. Thank you so much, Linda. Peace.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 01, 2021:

Yes, yes. I agree, Bro.

Mother Gaia is our womb of justice as well as compassion. When she weeps too much, its like a sending out of the Knight of Light, in order to balance her scales. Such precision! Divine Intelligence smiles at Its own Lila. Gratitude .... much!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 01, 2021:

You have nicely highlighted the modern world with new. development. Some things are inevitable and part of Karma.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 01, 2021:

This is a powerful article, Manatita. The story about Frank and Sarah is very sad. I hope life returns to a real normal as soon as possible.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 01, 2021:

Yes. The video is short and quite funny.

I write for the varying moods of the soul, or if you like, the human condition. I'm a part of it, true, but sometimes I'm just talking about life purely through my intuitive feel and ability to identify. All souls have a resonating energy. So happy if this piece resonated with you. Stay well and blessed.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 01, 2021:

Manatita, your poem describes life for so many around the world. We haven't been in lock down for quite a while here in the States, but masks and social distancing certainly are the new normal.

I'm sure there are many such as Frank and Sarah who gave up on living this new isolated life. I hope they weren't actually friends of yours.

I'll be back to watch the video. Lord knows, a good belly laugh is in order!

manatita44 (author) from london on March 01, 2021:

True. Does who experienced Sars are still keeping up the tradition. Blessings from above, Mary

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 01, 2021:

We are slow in Canada in our vaccinations so hopefully in June or maybe with the JandJ vaccine, the schedule can change. I look forward to going back to normal although we will definitely bring with us some pandemic practices to this new normal.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 01, 2021:

Well, a vaccine is foreign to a natural state of immunity and like all drugs or scientific cures, will have some side-effects. You're young enough to have it safely and according to the scientists, younger people (Most), have stronger immune systems.

Living in a cold country, I take vitamin D3 daily, Zinc, Vit C as well as a B complex and essential fatty acids. You tube ITU doctors cover the Covid-19 situation relentlessly and do recommend Vit D, Zinc and C daily. They were successful in their trials. Look them up.

Co-morbidities are extra problems that an individual can have: asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. If you are free of co-morbidities, you should be fine. Again, science is moving very fast and Australia and Israel seem to have natural alternatives. More are coming unto the market.

Since Allah is an ever-evolving Consciousness, my intuitive feel is that It always have the last word and nothing can go against its force. In a sense, your life; my life, is already mapped out (Destiny). Grace is always present, of course. But the inner Will must bring yours to the fore. Nothing is fixed and everything can be nullified by Allah's mercy.

Finally, when in Rome, you must - to an extent - do as the Romans do, so long it's logical and trustworthy to you. I have taken one vaccine and was sore the next day, but I'm fine. My shot was three weeks ago. Paracetamol is one of the safest drugs out, yet it still kills people. Be wise, be cautious, but follow your own intuition. Ask Allah what you should do and respond accordingly. Life is in His hands.

Thank you so much, my Dear. I tend to spend more time with you. Trying to serve. Ask whatever you feel is necessary. Jazak Allahu Khairan

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on March 01, 2021:

Beautifully written Manatita

Very well expressed

To be honest, I am afraid of having the vaccine

Stay blessed always

manatita44 (author) from london on March 01, 2021:

Bill, I chuckle.

Hugging is one of my strengths and interestingly enough, poets also do when they meet. I am a total believer in contact healing, as long as the intention is right.

I wish you well with your first shot. My preference is for the traditional vaccines. The others are fine and does the job, but if you get them, just remember the 15 minute recovery time before walking away. You'll be fine, maybe a little sore for a day, that's all.

Thank you, my Dear and Esteemed Didi ji.

You show a lovely and rounded approach. Let us pray. Peace!

manatita44 (author) from london on March 01, 2021:

Aww Pamela, you miss the hugs? How was the son's visit then? I saw my daughter late last year. The first thing she did was to rush and hug me, I kissed her on the forehead, as I usually do. There's a certain amount of recognition that we are human, after all.

Stay safe though. You have a third vaccine now and it seems that they do work. Peace.

Thanks Peggy. Interesting times indeed! Stay safe and accept my empathies.

The hugs are a big one for numerous people. I'm ok. I'm sort of like Bill. Not quite a loner, not shy, but at ease in my own company. Gratitude.

Yes Ann,

It will get better. We are staying vigilante even as new strains are discovered, but the vaccines seem to have done a great job. I have had one shot so far. I think you were expecting yours no?

All's good here, just expressing the human condition, that's all. This is what I call one of my performance pieces. Gratitude.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 01, 2021:

Nicely expressed poem, which gives the whole idea of the new normal. You have covered it quite well.

It’s almost a year, and I am afraid, it may take some more time for things to become good. The vaccines, however have brought much relief. Let’s continue to pray for everyone around the World, and hope that things normalise soon, in the real sense of the term, normal.

Thank you for sharing. Have a good week.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 01, 2021:

In a way, my friend, every single day of our lives is a new normal. Perspective and all that.

I get my first shot on March 7th. Looking forward to it.

I'm one of the lucky ones, relatively unaffected by the worst of this pandemic. I miss hugs most of all. I would like to hug people, you know?

Of course you do!

Peace be with you!

Ann Carr from SW England on March 01, 2021:

Great descriptions of what we're all feeling, I'm sure. Awful that some decide to opt out of life in despair, especially as they had each other. How I feel sorry for those in that deep, dark place. As expected, your note of hope at the end. It will end, we will get through this, but it will never be our 'normal' again – but it could be better!


Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 01, 2021:

The hugs and in-person camaraderie are missed. Your poem expresses what many people feel during this pandemic. We used to take so much for granted. I think that we are all looking forward to days when we can once again get together freely. Hang in there! We are all in this together!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 01, 2021:

This lovely poem sure cover life as it is right now, Manatita. I think we will all be glad when or if things return to some type of normal. However, we may never go back to the way things once were. I really don't like wearing the mask, but I wear it. I miss the hugs from family and friends. God bless you.

manatita44 (author) from london on March 01, 2021:

Indeed, John, indeed. I think we are looking at a 'slow phasing in' to things here. Schools next week, hairdressers and pubs in April, I believe and some more, with the promise that if all goes well, a total re-opening by May or so. At least we have had a 'head start' on the vaccines and have got it into the arms of quite a few millions. I had one shot myself.

Thank you so much!

Dora, hugs ... sent. Received? Lol. Yes, people are openly talking about this ... they are even describing in poetry, how they navigate around it, like a good sailor. haha. 'Nuff of that stuff. Look after yourself and stay safe.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 01, 2021:

You covered it all, Manatita. Itakes effort to get accustomed to the new norm, and I do miss the hugs!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 01, 2021:

This is an excellent piece of writing, describing the present situation very well, bro. Yes, it is a new normal for many and may never return totally to the way things used to be. If anything good has come from this pandemic it is an appreciation for many things we used to take for granted. All the best.

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