When the world became still The sun would still rise in the morning And you’d think the birds would sing louder than ever, Or was it because the noise of the cars had suddenly stopped?
The air became more breathable I so longed to breathe and touch nature Yet we were told to stay home.
Spring coming. Flowers blossoming. Forbidden spring.
We could only imagine the woods Or the sound of the ocean, Our favorite places just pictured in our minds Or seen from our terrace If we were lucky to have one.
When the world became still None of us could ever imagine What came after:
Social distancing Masks worn everywhere Even if you we’re walking alone In the street You wouldn’t risk A fine from the police Or a terrible look from any citizen. Such was the social pressure Imposed.
When the world became still We began to miss friends, relatives, Kisses, embraces And the most of all: Our stolen freedom.
How much of this was really necessary? Was it all the same in each and every country? You wouldn’t want any single person losing their lives Or having persistent symptoms Of a virus, of poverty and/ or Of anxiety For life?
When the world became still The economy was also taken to an ICU. A much bigger one: Increasing poverty Mental health problems Addictions Anxiety And Elderly people Dying of loneliness.
When the world became still Doctors, nurses, cleaners, Shop employees, essential workers, Homeless people, Victims of sexual abuse, Victims of any other abuse, All of them needed also an ICU.
When the world became still Some people did not become still. Social protests for economic reasons, Protests against people unjustly imprisoned Or forced to live in exile, Just to name a few.
When the world became still Home office and homeschooling became the rule. Overwhelmed parents Tightrope walking. Mostly affected women Traditional carers for children and elders. Where have all women’s rights gone? Long time passing for equal rights?
When the world became still It did not certainly become that still.
© 2021 Marta Pombo Sallés