One day when this pandemic ends,
The world will again join hand in hand,
Racism, a fickle thought, influenced by dimwits, secondhand.
We are all equal, regardless the color of our skin,
Regardless of our religion, financial situation, we are all the same within.
The coronavirus treats us all equally,
Why are we not taking this memo from nature seriously?
One day when this pandemic ends, we will all finally see our friends,
We are the generation of survivors, and this has enabled us to make amends.
We are all interconnected,
One by one, we fall as dominoes, each of us infected.
The coronavirus shows us how it feels to be ostracized,
What about those who spend their entire lives disguised?
One day when this pandemic ends, health will be viewed as a priority,
Question how much junk we have been fed by authority.
Fast food, junk food, neglects our nutritional needs,
Drinks contaminated like poison, yet one only reads and proceeds.
The coronavirus tells us sickness can only be avoided through respecting our body,
Whose example will you follow when we’ve been shown as shoddy?
One day when this pandemic ends, we’ll be able to buy all the toilet paper necessary,
But we have to understand that our sole purpose is the utter contrary.
Value generosity and be considerate,
And the elderly and the impoverished, not be a degenerate.
The coronavirus admonishes us about the fragility of life,
When will we realize that this is a pointless strife?
One day when this pandemic ends, we will go back to saving our plane,
Implement imperative changes, shine light on the gannet.
There are consequences to deforestation,
Sanitation coming off the shelves as if a lack thereof would cause starvation.
The coronavirus is conspiring to build awareness that the Earth is sick,
How will we reciprocate to make the world less anemic?
Has the virus not delivered the memo of what is wrong about our world?
What will be do to ensure a new way of being will now be unfurled?
By Yi Won Tang
Yi Won Tang is a high school student from Malaysia who enjoys writing the occasional poem in her downtime. She hopes that her poems will someday influence people to see the good in every situation despite its shortcomings.
How do YOU think you will look at the world differently and see what you did not see before the Covid-19 pandemic?