(Photo of Harjeet Singh)
Terror of Coronavirus
An adolescent boy began to weep
when he woke up from sleep with a jerk.
It was a psychological dream as the government
had exhorted the public to imprison themselves
in their homes because of the coronavirus,
until circumstances are comfortable.
But the kid in his dream had gone to a public place.
He had played with his peers.
He had whispered in their ears
while playing with them.
And had touched many with his hands
And had touched his own eyes, mouth, lips
with the same hands time and again.
With the same hands he had drunk
and eaten from some store.
While returning home two constables
wearing mouth masks stopped him on the way
and scolded him for going outside the home.
And they said, "You know well that the numbers
of patients of coronavirus in the city are augmenting speedily.”
You should be in the know about former deaths."
In his dream he got awareness about this terrible disease,
that it was strictly prohibited to go outside.
He shouldn’t have visited the play ground.
In dream he had forgotten about corona curfew.
He was without mouth mask and senitizer.
Now he was worried lest he be a victimhood of corona
and his whole family would be affected if he enters his home.
He chides himself for perpetrating such huge mistake.
That his days are numbered now, he thinks.
And bewails with loud cry and wakes up from sleep.
His whole family besets him,
The second they listen to his painful voice.
But he shouts at them go away, “Don’t come here, don’t play with your life.”
I have been a Coronavirus patient.
Psychologically Sick Because of the Coronavirus
Kids are peeping through windows.
They watch here and there while standing on roofs.
They are afraid to touch themselves especially their
mouths and eyes.
Hand sanitizers have been costly.
People are preparing sanitizers at home.
They are afraid to touch the furniture and other
things in their homes
because they have to wash their hands
after touching them.
People have been slaves in their homes.
They have been yardbirds.
People have been psychologically sick.
They are washing even their locks and keys.
They have washed bike and car keys
with anti-germ soap.
They are cleaning the gate and door handles
after pouring sanitizer on cotton.
Kids are playing with balls inside the home
after washing them.
They are playing video games on mobiles.
They are watching television expecting that the government will declare freedom to go anywhere like past days.
Through whatsApp and calling, people are sharing their views and problems over Corona.
People’s hands have been dry after
washing them time and again.
Because now the question of life has arisen.
They are cleaning their mobiles with collins.
People fear to touch their own preferential things.
They have to develop thought process before touching some material.
They wash sanitizer bottles before using them.
When some itching occurs on their faces,
noses or eyes,
they graze the affected portion with their shoulders.
They forgot to believe their hands.
They keep their towels dry while hanging them on wires beneath the intense heat of the sun to avoid germs.
New towels have lost their colours.
People roam in their homes while wearing masks.
They wash their hands after touching currency (rupees, dollars)
because currency comes from different nations.
It circulates all over the world.
People shrink from visiting nearby hospitals and medical stores without any major cause.
People have stored medicines to use for sickness
because hospitals are open only for corona patients.
Healthy people are afraid of being infected.
Necessary things for people are being delivered at home with one phone call namely medicines, liquid milk pouches, dry milk pouches and other indispensable items.
Women are giving birth to babies in the traditional way with the help of midwife.
There are a few things in their homes which they touched a few days or a month ago.
At that time corona had not been rife on all places.
They touch those things with some hesitation.
How long can the coronavirus survive upon different things?
As the coronavirus vanishes after particular spell of 12 hours usually upon few things.
People are washing packed items
from outside after getting food delivery.
They take a bath quickly after coming in contact with someone and wash predictably affected clothes.
People don’t open their gates if some neighbour
from colony knock at the door.
So while taking precautions people have been psychologically sick.
© Harjeet Singh
Bio: Harjeet Singh is an Indian English poet and short story writer. He has earned a Master's degree in English from his district college Hoshiarpur (Punjab). His father, Principal "Joginder Singh," was a keen lover of the English language and his guidelines have made Harjeet able to grasp some of the fundamentals of this language. His work has appeared in Indian, Canadian & American anthologies.Readers can reach him while searching in Google “Harjeet Singh Poet or poems”.