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The Year The World Stood Still

The year the world stood still
Was uneventful at the beginning
Just a few whispers of a virus
Then came the stronger voices
Medics on television too

I remember,
I was going to pay for my flight home
It had been a long five years
I hadn’t put my feet on British soil

But alarm bells rang within my conscious mind
I felt the need to take pause and wait for a moment

I waited until I knew I was right about my gut feeling
By the time gossip spread throughout the world
It was march, Italy was in lockdown

Funny because lockdown
Wasn’t really a word, I was familiar with
But it was happening right in front of my eyes
I was living within the word its self

People were dying
And the hospitals were cancelling
Lifesaving treatments, in the hope they could turn
Their time to curing the Covid victims

They almost succeeded for a while
But now just a few days before Christmas
I can’t help but think…

What ever happened to those waiting for cures?
What will happen to me?
And what the hell will happen to those
Who have been the victims of the economy?

Style / type: 
Free verse
Review Request (Intensity): 
I want the raw truth, feel free to knock me on my back
Last few words: 
I don't suppose their is a soul in the universe who has missed this years events?
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Content level: 
Not Explicit Content


Thanks for this piece. A genuine inquiry...

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I had the title rolling round in my thoughts so I guess I just went with it. Always a pleasure to see you Sir.

Thank you...Teddy

author comment

yes, just a short while ago people thought it was all over and got careless again . . . . One just never knows when death will strike. Great write, Teddy.
Van (aka Jerry)

Thank you very much, it seems to get worse instead of better.

Thank you...Teddy

author comment

This corona has been fucking insane, man. Good topic to write about. The Heavenly Angels MUST have piled this on us to make us all stronger in the end. Can't think of any other reason.

Emily A.

Thank you for your very generous reading of my work, I don't suppose none of us have escaped this rotten virus but at least there are some vaccines now, so maybe we will show it who is boss. Here is hoping.

Thank you...Teddy

author comment

Agreed. We'll show it who's boss. We are. I like how you put that. That's something I would say.

Emily A.

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