Plague Doctor

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Plague Doctor


One thing this plague has taught us

Is that close proximity can be lethal

You could be a carrier of ideas

Asymptomatic in their spread

Just your unthoughtful actions

Triggering others to violence


You could infringe on the personal space

Of other people’s beliefs

Carelessly trampling over them

By thinking only of your own gratification

Endangering the rule of law

By flouting common respect


Or maybe you show all the symptoms

Of the fever and the disease

Wantonly passing on the rabid curse

Not keeping your mouth covered

Exhaling the vitriolic cocktail

Of ignorant and misinformed bile


In these troubled times

When plague doctors stalk our streets

And death follows in their tread

Sometimes the best course

Is not to pass on the poison words

To break the chain of infection

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Ian Whiteley

Sat 13th Jun 2020 14:48

thanks for the likes and comments folk
Really pleased you liked it.
I agree Greg - very difficult to stand aside in a culture war - I have had recent hosting experience of stepping in and upsetting a poet who was using some rather uncultured racial references - not easy to do - but necessary.
It has always been a pleasure when our paths cross Cynthia - as you say age and health can be restrictive - and this bloody 'plague' is not helping anyone - but we will all be back on the other side and the social intercourse will be resumed - stay safe

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sat 13th Jun 2020 12:31

God! You're good! I wish I had more social intercourse with you, but age and health are tough masters.

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Greg Freeman

Sat 13th Jun 2020 06:33

Wise words, Ian. But many including me find it difficult to stand aside in the culture war.

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