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Poem: COVID-19

Painting: Vincent Kennedy

By Ananya S Guha
The evening spreads into silence
like this dreaded virus
and our silence mirrors this lockdown
Unlock those barriers
Unlock the poor, the ravaged
who have ventured to go back
walking hundreds of miles
their tears are smudged
their voices mute
They did was something we can’t
even as we lick our wounds in this
cocoon, locked up to discuss
A community spread
The evening becomes reticent
moves into night
And with every dawn
fresh deaths are listed
We shake in fear, morning
afternoon, evening
Only night gives respite, but shadows
walk across dreams.
Bio:
Ananya S Guha 
is Regional Director, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Shillong.

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