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Poem: Is There A Difference?


Sketch: Devyani Chaturvedi

By Devyani Chaturvedi

I was not flying yesterday,
I am not flying today,
But I will be flying tomorrow.

These rules are not new to me…
I am used to them. But are you?

I was covering my face and my body yesterday,
I am covering it today.
I was not allowed to roam around yesterday,
I am not allowed today.
I was socially distancing myself yesterday,
I am doing it today too.
I am used to it. But are you?

Today, you are scared,
And I was scared yesterday as well as today.
Today, this virus is the reason for you,
But you have always been the reason for me.
Is there really a difference?

Devyani Chaturvedi is an activist and a student of Development Studies at Azim Premji University, Bangalore.


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