It is war

It is war
and the unarmed cower in living rooms —
trenches that are not safe
from the unseen enemy.

But we’ve won before.
It will take more than a virus.
We will take down more than a virus.
We’ve won before.
We have a recurring tryst with destiny,
even in a world askew,
even where there is no time to grieve
even when there is too much grief
We’ve won before.
We know how to gather our loss,
know how to console our hearts,
know when the next dawn will come.

Yesterday an old woman almost died,
it took thirty-seven people
it took two hundred and fourteen messages
to get her to a hospital bed.
But she will be home in a week.
It will start with her.
We know.
We’ve won before.
It always starts with one person.
It always starts with one battle.
It always starts with one victory.
It always starts when the first person says no.

5 thoughts on “It is war

  1. I multiply all that effort by the multitudes of people suffering where you are, Rajani. One person at a time – it is all we can do. I cant imagine being on the front lines in this nightmare. Humans can be so heroic. It is always wonderful to read you.

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    1. Thanks Sherry. It is unimaginable on the frontline, also difficult for those at home unable to go to those in need. Meanwhile, countries hoard vaccines, so this is going to take a long time to go away.

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