Frenzy of activity when the world went into pandemic mode,
Figuring out ways to be safe, sustain income, reduce cost, and stay afloat.
New ways of working from home, office or hybrid mode,
Going online to communicate, learn, teach, shop, work and stay aboard
Months flew through birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, funerals and more,
Spiritual celebrations, special days and public holidays galore.
Learning a new way to be, sharing home space and more,
Balancing time between family and work, finding ways to be.
Governments, hospitals, law enforcement and all,
Had their plates full trying to keep us safe and well.
Quarantine, testing, tracing, lockdowns enforced,
Masks, glows, sanitizers were used when forced.
While lockdowns and vaccines were invented for avoiding death,
We realised the need to choose life instead of avoiding death.
As the new way of being became endemic,
As we learnt to live with the pandemic.
Back to work, travel, and celebrate cautiously,
Urgency and the frenzy slowing down progressively.
Pandemic had a purpose to help us live,
Life is for living so let’s happily live.
(an original poem by Ranjan De Silva)