Coronavirus why?

Coronavirus I ask why
Why are you here?
Why are you making our people fear?
Why did you come
at this time of year?

2020 was supposed to be
new beginnings
all of us living together

I don’t think any kid my age
has ever experienced
anything like this before

Things have happened before but
nothing like this

or should I say
you came on a plain November day
to claim our human race

Not just in one place
you infected
our mothers fathers sisters brothers sons and daughters

What if we had stayed home?
Would all these people still have been infected?

Coffee shops saying
we only do drive thrus
Don’t let them in
they might infect you

All around the world
cities are ghost towns
no people on the streets
malls empty with no sound

No children roaming around
they are all in their homes safe and sound

Grocery store shelves bare
cause all we did was prepare


Prepare get hand sanitizer
People rushed
People rushed to get to the stores

But at the end of the hustle
people saw
unimaginable prices for hand sanitizer

Then it was no bottles left
nothing to spare
So all we did was stare
Stare into the open spaces

Stare into the dying faces
places filled with faces covered with masks

Smells of sanitizer
roaming the air like smoke
from wildfires


Work from home…
Stay away from other people…

Scientist looking for solutions
but still cases arise

But we can try to prevent other people from dying
or getting infected by self isolating/staying home

Many people have died worldwide
but what more will you take
what more should we give
all we want is to live
for life to get back to normal

by Damini Awoyiga

April 14, 2020

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