Curfew: Day 13

I’ve been reading about the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic that killed around 15 million Indians. I don’t know how to process that number. I tell myself that was a time of famine, of war, of colonisation. Now we have lockdowns. And internet. We’ve got this. I also told myself that somewhere someone has built enough AI and we will have a cure in a few weeks. That was in January. We might not have seriously capable AI. Or we might not want to deploy it right now. Or maybe it failed. Or maybe the AI is in charge now. I’m going with a happily-ever-after ending. That’s how you deal with big numbers. You surrender intelligence. You connect to wi-fi. You walk hand-in-hand into cyber sunsets.

alone on the road
my shadow stands
six feet away from me


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Curfew: Day 12

12 thoughts on “Curfew: Day 13

  1. I also have no idea how we survived Spanish Flu. But I know one thing and that is, human ingenuity has no bounds and has the potential to cross every ocean on earth, to scale every mountain; thus loose no hope. This too shall pass. 🙂

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  2. I LOVE that haiku. The worry is that because there are so many of us, the numbers may exceed anything at all comprehensible. I worry for your country, because of the density of population. Glad you are staying in and staying safe. I am too.


    1. Still having pretty low numbers. Let’s hope a combination of high immunity levels and early restrictions works to some degree. It’s still unclear why mortality rates are varying so widely between countries, but hopefully we’re doing all the right things with some success. Fingers crossed.


  3. “I’m going with a happily-ever-after ending. That’s how you deal with big numbers. ” Walking hand-in-hand only with technology . . . sad sad . . . good good to fanticize as it has some influence on reality to lean in that direction. Only without faith and poetry, this solitude would be a kind of burial. But look at our task! To record the moment and how it’s leaning. Leaning into love. Imagining someone is reading and that it matters.


      1. Meanwhile I think this is an important record. In fact am giving it a brief mention in my upcoming Friday feature at Poets and Storytellers United – although the feature is about Amy Losak’s pandemic haiku.


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