A common goal
And an unseen foe
Threatening all nations
Victims, not marauders, masked
Closing borders, erecting screens
The irony of barricades built
To separate those who stand together
When the enemy makes no distinction
We distinguish ourselves by choices
Humankind stands at the crossroads
A new hope waits in the ashes
A point of choice and change
Not building them
For the first time in human history, we knowingly stand as one against a common threat. Previous pandemics and natural disasters may well have affected the entire planet, but until the advent of instantaneous communication, we would not have known what the other side of the globe was going through until long after the event.
It strikes me as tragic that, when humankind has, for once, the chance to act together to face something that affects us all, regardless of race, religion, social status or any of the other artificial barriers we have erected between ourselves in the past… we still cling to the divisions that have fractured the human family for millennia.
There is a dreadful irony too in the fact that we are externalising these barriers, in the form of plexiglass shields, masked faces and gloved hands… and that we have found a bizarre equality in being afraid of human contact, regardless of the barriers of prejudice.
I would like to think we could learn something other than fear from this global challenge.
Double etheree for Colleen’s poetry challenge.