You Burned Us Day and Night

Are you a natural selection or invention?

If natural selection, I have nothing to say,

And if you are invented, let the ‘splendour of thousands of suns,’

Blaze upon the heads of your inventors.

You took the touch, taste, smell, and smile

You changed human life forever.

The first was a wave and the second is a tsunami.

You made us walk hundreds of miles

And die on the road.

You denied us air, floated us dead in the river

And burned us day and night.

You made us fight for cylinders and states for vaccines.

You laughed at statues and other billions wasted in vain.

You made oxygen another tool for men to get women.

 

And yet in all these traumas

You treated every caste, creed, gender, and sect equally,

And You revealed our friends in need.

You let the true leaders and captains arise

And the fake ones get exposed.

You showed us the Gods and Angels,

Gods with stethoscope and Angels with the syringe.

And we still believe that,

“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

Originally published in poetryandcovid.com,on 8th June 2021.
It is a Project funded by the UK Arts and Humanities 
Research Council, University of Plymouth, and 
Nottingham Trent University).

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