INVISIBLE ENEMY
Hospitals filled to overflowing capacity Morgues and cemeteries running out of space

INVISIBLE ENEMY

By Faith Gikunda [Meru, Kenya]

Huge, dark and ugly, it crashes in

Invading our world mercilessly

Without warning or slightest care

Affecting generations all over

His steps are firm and his luring smile – lethal

Without affording chance to his victims

This invisible enemy

 

Its gigantic demeanor intimidating

Escaping from Its clutches only option

But how and to where would we go?

Lockdown, lockup, indoors, wash hands,

Sanitize and self-distancing is the only solution

But it catches up stealthy with a baffled world

Spreading catastrophe all over the globe

As mystified superpowers scratch their heads

Confused by this scary invisible enemy

 

The scary hideous night almost invincible

Out to take the world back to factory setting

With a grotesque bloodcurdling look

Oh whence did he emerge from?

Oh how long will it destroy us?

Lockdown, lockup, stay indoors, wash hands,

Sanitize and self-distancing is the only solution

It is the world’s invisible enemy

 

World leaders rendered headless chicken

Racing against time amid infectious confusion

Trying to save the situation lest it worsens

As the monster equal rich and poor, young and old

Lockdown, lockup, stay indoors, wash hands,

Sanitize and self-distancing is the only solution

It is the world’s invisible enemy

 

Noisy media thrown off balance

The situation too complex for news bringers too

The terrifying duty of breaking worsening news

Heavily lying on their tired and tried backs

Cameramen weep openly as they shoot shots

Reporters chock in own tears as they narrate

Overwhelming situation of massive deaths

A painful world howling out for unseen savior

The world’s invisible enemy has struck

 

Hospitals filled to overflowing capacity

Morgues and cemeteries running out of space

Churches, mosques and temples empty

For priests, monks, sheikhs and bishops unsecure

Hardened soldiers no longer brave enough

As tears run down their cheeks openly

As they bury hundreds of bodies daily

No time to be strong as Doctors and nurses

Breaking down helplessly watching patients

Taking their last breath and slipping away

Cos the invisible enemy has struck

 

People prisoned in own homes with nothing

Indoors with no food, no water, no gas, or drugs

Afraid of venturing out – scared of the enemy

Terrified, lonely, broke, sleepless and stressed

But they all hang on to prayers of hope

A solution, a cure or a vaccine is found

And the enemy defeated, and terror ended

Meanwhile we survive amid

Lockdown, lockup, stay indoors, wash hands,

Sanitize and self-distancing is the only solution

The world’s invisible enemy is here

 

Beyond the skies there is hope

A better tomorrow beckons

Hope that no more deaths will happen,

That the nightmare will soon end,

And the horror will come to a halt

Children will have the freedom to learn and play

And the shopping malls back to life

Hope that soon the world will heal,

That is the hope the world holds onto

That soon the invisible enemy will be defeated

And the world will become a better place

 

@Faith Gikunda – 2020

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