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While we poison our earthly home, killer microbes emerge as if in retribution.  In 2003, it was SARS.  Again it’s China, but now, the Coronavirus.  Winnowing the human race might save the planet, but who among us would not fight to live another day?    

THE PARTY CONVENES (ACCOMPANIED BY QUIET MUTTERING)

Inside the Great Hall
The Leader speaks — grave, subdued
(My, he looks so pale!)

“We have naught to fear
but … (snuffle, cough, wheeze, hack, sneeze) …”
(Oh, this isn’t good!)

“… Fear itself!  We will
fight it in our streets, our homes …”
(Hmmm … let’s wait and see!)

THE PARTY RESPONDS (ACCOMPANIED BY NOT-SO-QUIET MUTTERING)

Bold red banners cry
Protect Yourself — Wear a Mask!!
(And, DON’T SPIT, ASSHOLE!)

Market fowl … vanished.
(Of course!  They started it, but …
No damned Peking Duck!)

Public places closed,
All cinemas shuttered tight.
(Oh, no! Starbucks too?)

SOMEHOW, THEY MANAGE

A man is coughing.
Fearfully, I turn around.
Whew!  Just a smoker.

I hail a taxi.
Inside, it reeks of chlorine.
Four-wheel swimming pool.

She may be OK.
But, under that mask, who knows?
The thrill of danger!

I don’t feel so good.
Perhaps it’s my time of month?
No wait!  I’m a guy!

What doc says, I do:
“Sing Happy Birthday two times
While washing your hands!”

Then, I take my temp.
Suddenly, a startling noise!
Crunch! … I’m eating glass!

Bored, Bored, Bored, Bored, Bored.
No work, no play, makes Li Wei
Decidedly dull.

This is just awful!
But, at least, once it’s over,
Starbucks reopens!