This poem is a helpless rant against the draconian 21-day lockdown imposed by the Indian government; supposedly to fight the global epidemic – the novel Corona virus. Here is the content:
Lub Dub, Lub Dub, Lub Dub
Every week, every day
Every hour, every minute
My heart beats madly
The beats growing louder
Till they reach a crescendo
My chest is filled with such pain
As if it were pierced
With a thousand needles
Each sharper than the last
My hands and legs shake
My mouth trembles
My eyes pop out of my skull
My brain is on overdrive
Spinning like a top
My head feels like it’s about to burst
Like a punctured balloon
I want to scream and holler
At the top of my voice
Till my throat snaps
And the eardrums of everyone around me
Are hopelessly shattered
Locked down for three weeks
With no transport anywhere
And food supplies dwindling
Faster than you can say “Corona” !!
Does this government care even an iota
About the poor and the needy?
Or does its interests lie
Solely with the rich and the powerful?
Of course, certain tough measures are required
When you are dealing
With a massive global epidemic
However, to punish us all
To the extent that
Survival is best left to chance
Is not something that can be expected
From the world’s largest democracy
We, the public, the masses
Are doing all we can
To take care of ourselves
Our families, relatives and friends
And contain the spread
Of this wretched disease
But we need to ask our government
What have you done for us
Apart from stripping us bare
Of a countless number of rights
In the name of fighting a war?
Are you truly following the Constitution
That you claim to protect?
Where were you
When the virus first started spreading?
Now you are acting all high and mighty
Preaching about safety and hygiene
Did you follow them in the first place?
So, get off your high horse
And look in the mirror
Yes, we need to fight this together
But for that to truly happen
You first need to give us back our basic rights
All of them!!
After all, it was hardly our fault
That this sordid mess
Happened in the first place!!