Poetry corner : Panic Demic

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Plunged headlong into this…unprepared
Pushed to spend and expend…unbudgeted
Pressed to take harsh steps…unplanned
Propose and impose daytime curfew…unpleasant
Pained to inflict daily austerity…unintentional
There was panic in the pandemic
…at the sound of a virus

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Aged and ageing
…all at risk of sliding down and out
Ailing and failing limbs
…all wailing at the hanging clouds
Action and reaction
…all aimed against coughing and sneezing
Armed and cleansed hands
…both clipped against touching
All roads confined all
…to homes in the house
There was panic in the pandemic
…at the sound of a virus

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Nearest not to their dearest
Nurse not their dying members
Nail down the revolving rival viral virus forever
Number down your tours in and out of town
Nip the communal contagion in the bud
There is panic in the pandemic
…at the sound of a virus

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Imminent infection of the eminent seeming permanent
Immobility and immovability moved to remove all
Immigrants queried at touchdown runway
Idleness lurked in a lockdown town
Illness inconvenienced to leave town
…at post-lockdown
Impossibilities still turning impossibilities
Improbable though things may be
There is panic in the pandemic
…at the sound of a virus

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Cancelled and closed down
…the school in session
Cut curtly short
…the business in commercial progress
Clogged up and cordoned off
…the power of gliding in the Olympics
Commenced but not completed
…the war of Sino and Yankee
Corked and clotted
…the praise singers of Charismatic blind guides
Caged and cornered
…the two-legged okada parade
Celebs and Icons
…colonized in quietude
There was panic in the pandemic
…at the sound of a virus

 

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