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Life in the Time of Corona

COVID-19 from the Beginning

Christina Larson

Christina Larson taught psychology for UWF, was a first female paramedic, FPA president, peace summit delegate in Vienna, Censored Stories award recipient, speaker for APA 1997, keynote in Nürnberg 2000, and Chautauqua 2006. Writings include Sculpting A Vision in Metal, Stone, and Words and Marty is Dead.

If Big Bang was the start,

        with no one yet to hear,

        what noise could it impart?


A more descriptive name,

        “Commotion Set in Motion.”

‘Tho’ punch it lacks,

        reflects the knacks of

        land, fire, air and ocean.


And as the human race

        stays its relentless pace,

wars, plagues, and aches

        are what it takes

to make us slam the brakes.


Germ-scare! We dare not wander.

        Subdued, we don’t go out.

A virus loose,

we’re all recluse, thus granted

        time to pout and ponder.


No flesh-on-flesh. Don’t touch.

        Six feet apart we keep.

        It isn’t asking much.

Cough into sleeves,

curtail each sneeze,

        lest we go six feet deep.


We tithe with sorrow staid

        as tolls in lives are paid.

No planes or cars.

Kiss from afar.

        Repent polluters’ ways.


 Yet hope begins to rise

        from mankind’s piteous phase.

As Earth revives,

rebalance thrives:

        clean air, fresh waterways.

If we survive this doom

        to leave our household womb,

as germs abate

at any rate  

        will harsh lifestyles resume?


Do inspired laws await?

        Pandemic lessons learned.

        Our species, wisdom earned?

Those who weather this storm

must create a new norm,

        lest survivors repeat this dread fate.


May cleared vision remain 20-20,

worth way more than stuff, fame, or money.

The industrial age

has outlived its rampage.

        Folks resolve not to stray   

        from the balance in play

then the outlook for humans seems sunny.


Happy 50th birthday,

Earth Day.

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