Sunlight washes over these hushed and empty city streets
no longer pumping life downtown with that economic heartbeat.
And the birds, they sing more clearly now, that the humans have gone away,
while wild animals reclaim some pride in freer days of joyful play.
Forced to live more privately and with greater care for others,
humans slip in self-defense to act more like worthy sisters/brothers.
Yet the selfishness and greed of some is laid bare for all to see,
as their gold holds to them a greater value, than the lives of you or me.
Introverts rejoice that video games aren’t frowned upon so much,
and being social with your friends is status quo when you can’t touch.
Pets at home are loved too much, and parents are stuck at home without a choice;
scientists, once undervalued, have finally found an audience for their voice;
social benefits come for the needy after being overlooked for much too long,
and the homeless now kept off the streets are treated like they belong.
This virus strikes in deadly waves claiming vulnerable lives all for its own,
but the rich just want us back to work since profits feed their hearts of stone.
Mother Earth is calmed since consumption of her resources have faded,
and climate change is now less impacted, by those poisons, all man-made.
I see the good and bad in this,
even with all these twists and turns.
The end of an era and another begins,
aided by the fear of death,
and human rights concerns…
I hope we use this tragedy to carry us further,
into a better, fairer world with renewed fervor.
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