Poet’s statement: This fictional poem expresses the feelings of a migrant separated from his family during the COVID pandemic.
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Quarantine forceth divorced souls
Distanced families and broken wholes
Shards of thoughts, impaling my core
Locked down borders’ hearts a sore
Shallow slumber, uneasy sense
Worries, anxieties common hence.
Weeks and months in the twilight zone
Together in felicity so long agone
Digging deeper for hope every morn
Gloaming bringeth, glad tidings unborn.
Breathless the state, lungs not to blame
Endless the pandemic, the brain declaim
Vaccine hope beacon bright
Only solution for human plight?
Hope with new energy we all should pray
Huge costs earthlings we continue to pay
New hope bestrew world so vital
Quarantined life ain’t viable here viral.
PRASAD IYER, MD, FRCPCH, is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist. He is an amateur poet who is taking his first steps in writing poems. He grew up in India and trained in pediatrics and oncology in the United Kingdom. He believes he is a child of the world and loves to spend time traveling with his family. He currently lives in Singapore.