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Life in the Time of Corona

The Year of the Virus

Mary Gutierrez

Mary Gutierrez is an Environmental Scientist and Founder and Director of Earth Ethics and Earth Action. A poet, her first book Naked in the Rain was published in 2012. Several individual pieces have appeared in numerous zines and magazines over the years. Check out to learn more.

The earth has a secret,

one that she is now sharing with the world.

She has the power to change our future,

She has the power to change her fate,

she has all along.

A monster of our own making has been released,

and with an instant it has altered the human species forever.

Consuming and restricting our lives,

just as we have restricted hers

with air pollution and deforestation.

Lives lost; sacrifices made,

pointing the finger everywhere but at ourselves.

Even during these times of change, it is profits over people,

it is individual rights, over human rights.

People are sleeping, afraid to wake to a new world awaiting us.

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