Thursday, May 7, 2020

Pandemic Choices We Need To Make

When the British under Cornwallis surrendered to Washington at Yorktown
The British band led the surrendering troops playing “The World Turned Upside Down”
In the fight against the pandemic we seem to be led by overreaching clowns.
Workers wanting to go back to work have been jailed while felons to escape the virus have been unbound
America has been hit by a wave of shutdowns and now 30M plus jobless are now out of work
Worse many ordered to stay in their homes to go stir crazy and verge of going berserk
Can go to a liquor store deemed “essential” but not to services in a church
Sate your need for booze but your spiritual thirst is left in a lurch
Beaches closed or if open you can only walk or jog but woe to you if you stop
Ignore the fact that from your jogging or walking sweat laced with the virus will drop
Inaccurate models of morbidity that change each week
Push leaders to more shut downs and restrictions to seek
As with economy quickly withering to die on the vine
How much longer away from our jobs can we be confined
Civil liberties on the way to becoming a forgotten right of the past
Create an army of neighbor snitches to on lock down breakers chast
Job revenue cannot be replaced by more and more federal stimuli
If we don’t soon reopen surely our once robust economy will die
Taking along with it domestic and substance abuse, divorce, and suicide
We cannot wait until a vaccine or cure is found in order to rules of shut downs continue to abide
Time to protect the elderly in nursing homes a task that Cuomo did not do well
Wash hands, wear a mask, and social distance knowing a virus infection for the healthy young is a hard sell
Americans need to be able to make a choice whether to remain inside
Or start living again and working even though a risk some more of us will have died
© May 7, 2020 Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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