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Where is the Storm?
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Where is the Storm?
This time in my life I will call the vapid nothingness It was punctuated with mindless presidential bleatings We were told to stay home and slow the spread Of a common cold like virus that appeared virulent In this time we have continued to study and work In this time we continued to live and think freely But alas for many this has been a time of hardship A time of not having, not knowing and not thriving Criminals have found it difficult to maraud as they do Prostitutes have found it difficult to ply their trade As such with both public servants and politicians thus Out of action due to the lockdown and now curfew There has been little in the way of gross corruption Also there has been not so much of their whining But we find some anomalies in this vapid nothingness That was a great brouhaha and then almost nought More people will die this year alone from each of Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, HIV-AIDS, Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Than from SARS-Coronavirus-2 infections and diseases Perhaps I am wrong, and this is merely the calm before The storm that approaches as Chinese cockroaches succumb And in their droves collapse upon the piety of the DoH Perhaps this lockdown did more than just reduce in real terms The number of non-domestic murders and non-domestic rapes And the number of muggings and house breaking robberies And yet still I yearn for an apocalyptic epidemic that will scythe Through the population killing the weak and leaving the strong Isn’t that what a viral pandemic is meant to do, to murder? What’s the point of viral mutation and extreme multi-drug resistance If not to outsmart the vaccines and outmaneuver the anti-virals? It seems just yet that these last five months of panic and paranoia Have not delivered on their promise at all – or is it yet coming?

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