L. B. Mek

A panic of Familiarity

We now add hands

to that list of dreaded foes, fingers

with their germ savouring weakness


Screaming Cities silenced

by Nature’s absent-minded sneeze, coughing 

assumptions to decipher unilateral meaning 


Death tolls as scorecards

plague rephrased to pandemic, belittled 

history re-emerging as our bleak reality 


Weeks fading, into season leaping scenes

cure heralded - saviours rewarded

with history book mentions


Attention refocused

back to glorifying life’s heartless victors

classic tale of millions made: from tissue paper shortages



a mother is thankful,

a mother is mournful,

and Mother Earth: begins her next countdown 



© L. B. Mek

March 2020


  • Lorna

    Whoa! This is a wonderful landscape of Covid...... and a reminder that we're not that far away from the Dark Ages when we could easily have been wiped out.......... spooky....

    • L. B. Mek

      kinda crazy, to think those words in our history books have now become our reality,
      glad you liked my take on COVID, thank you

    • orchidee

      A fine write LB.
      We're still not helping ourselves sometimes. We 'forget' to social distance, and simple things like that.
      The Days of The Black Death - and me singing. Dunno which was worse! The latter caused, and causes, endless torments! lol.

      • L. B. Mek

        ha, I'm with you in knowing the turmoil our vocal chords can cause...
        Indeed, as much as I can accept no contingency could have averted the entire COVID debacle, we in 2020 should be able to counter it better than the middle ages - surely,

      • Neville

        ... I dont know whether you are familiar with the Carlsberg lager ads on tv etc .. but most Brits will be I'm sure ... anyway ... suffice to say & to coin a phrase ...

        This is probably the best Covid-19 related poem in the world ....


        • L. B. Mek

          an epic exaggeration - both from you and Carlsberg,
          but hey what are friends for, lol
          muchas gracias mi Amigo, salut!

        • Michael Edwards

          A telling read in troubled times.

          • L. B. Mek

            thanks Michael!
            was initially worried it was a tad bleak but it's one of those write's that's grown on me with each new draft

          • Fay Slimm.

            A sure-fire hit at what we are all experiencing in this Covid- 19 take-over from long-ago plague-related reality......... ........"screaming cities silenced" indeed.

            • L. B. Mek

              thanks Fay,
              these words first came to me early in the year and the stillness in London during lockdown was so otherworldly

            • The Uneducated O.A.P

              A great and worrying write.

              • L. B. Mek

                I struggled, wanting to add a more uplifting theme or sentiment but sometimes our words are just a polaroid of the moment we are in, however daunting
                thanks for the supportive feedback

                • The Uneducated O.A.P

                  I admire most of the poets on here, the way they use the English language to express there thoughts and feelings. When I try to write I am frustrated and angry at the way I fell through the education system of the 50s and 60s with various teachers doctors etc missing the fact I was deaf.by the time anyone noticed,my schooldays were behind me, (well it is patomime time! Lol) I'v still got 2 of everything, well not everything and .as they say there are people worst off than me. We all keep plodding on, don't we.

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