Our prompt for today (optional, as always) is to write an “occasional” poem. What’s that? Well, it’s a poem suited to, or written for, a particular occasion. This past January, lots of people who usually don’t encounter poetry got a dose when Amanda Gorman read a poem at President Biden’s inauguration. And then she followed it up with a poem at the Superbowl (not traditionally an event associated with verse!) The poem you write can be for an occasion in the past or the future, one important to you and your family (a wedding, a birth) or for an occasion in the public eye (the Olympics, perhaps?).
My poem today which I would say once we’ve overpowered the Corona virus
Twenty years ago, on the eve of a New Year We stood together, One world, One people To witness a occurrence, once in a thousand years We hid not our fears and worked out alternatives Calculated probabilities of a possible catastrophe We found the alchemy We tested We waited At the stroke of midnight on 31st December1999 and nothing happened- Nothing that we feared So, we woke up the next day And went about living our lives, the way we had always done We had won! The danger of an apocalypse had been stalled We laughed at our fears, enthralled at our preparedness to avert, we celebrated our success Twenty years later, come 2020 When we forgot how it feels to be united If not in love, then in fear We found ourselves on the brink of losing all that we held dear our families, our friends, our freedom A contagion had entered our kingdom Making us vulnerable and our air, without a filter, unbreathable A wave had swept over one and all- Young and old, rich or poor, big and small Black, white, brown, red Like a shroud it spread Had Nostradamus been right, we wondered Was it a sign that the Mayank calendar had ended But here we stand today, united Our numbers though depleted Tired but hopeful A renewed strength A faith In ourselves, in each other We proved we can and we will stand together We must remember Forever 'We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight We're going to live on We're going to survive' We fought the invasion Now say, "We won, we won, we won!" Let us say it loud and clear Let it drown our fear And let us begin to build again All our nations Stronger Not with weapons that destroy each other But let's strive to be self-sufficient Let's focus on employment Let's strengthen our healthcare and let no plague, no virus dare Every broken fence let us work to mend and evade our end To this let us in united voices say, 'Amen' And again, 'Amen, Amen!'
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