After This . . .

FAID SHAHABUDDEEN

The psyche of the world has changed;

Surely, there’s no doubt about this.

Even if we get through this pandemic

Without any further loss of lives,

Melancholic memories of loved ones,

And news of numerous other people

Who succumbed to the deadly virus,

Will linger and remain with us forever;

Along with foreboding gloominess

Of protracted isolation and lockdown,

In addition to images of masked faces;

Reminding us for generations to come,

Of the fragility of human freedom

And how easily it can be constrained –

And the mortal vulnerability of mankind.

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