Unprecedented - a villanelle

Shocked, we find ourselves facing end of life. Young and old fix hopes on palliation – all peoples struggle, with this virus rife.


Stunned to realise we’re in mortal strife, we step back – pride and greed we learn to shun Shocked, we find ourselves facing end of life.


Streets are clear, silence cuts hearts like a knife. Kindness breaks out, our new religion, all peoples struggle, with this virus rife.


Human activity slows, helps wildlife – can our survivors halve production? Shocked, we find ourselves facing end of life.


New awareness calls like a far-off fife, wistful notes recall ancient emotions. All peoples struggle, with this virus rife.


Scientists’ wisdom saved many from death, now we know strangers as our dearest kin. Shocked, we found ourselves facing end of life – now we join to heal, from this virus rife.


By Ceinwen Haydon


#villanelle #kindness #coronavirus

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