The Corona Portal

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”
Arundhati Roy

In this cold, virus spring
Is hand washing enough?
Have we humans more to give?
Is there a new song to sing.

Perhaps, but not in the way
we’ve been taught.
No matter what our shamans, the scientists, say,
They cannot explain, much less control
What nature has wrought.

Do we have the courage to
set aside the ways of old?
Take a deep breath;
And do something bold.

April 17, 2020

5 thoughts on “The Corona Portal

  1. Thank you Harry. History and society entwined.

    And an offer to yearn for and to embrace – to walk through the portal together….


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