And all the world is wondering what started it.
In the playground, they want to know whose fault it was.
Life goes on, and life goes on,
And don't you know it's fated?

And all the world wants to know who ended it.
In the theatre, they wonder what it 'felt' like.
Time goes on, and time goes on,
Don't you know that it's decided?

Life is hoping that you make it.
The time you spend, tearing your hair out.
Around the corner, death is always waiting,
But he's not going to tell you what it's all about.

And all the time they wonder how to stop it.
In hospital, they want to know how much it hurts.
The world turns, and turns again,
You're going to see it's pre-ordained.

And life is gambling.
Can you take it?

love's tempestpath of lifedepressionlife and death

◄ Merry-Go-Round

The Modern Myth ►


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Aviva Rifka Bhandari

Thu 20th May 2021 08:02

Thank you for commenting Moon.girl, it is intriguing and I can see why this poem reminds you of the current pandemic situation, but in fact this was written nearly three decades ago. I must have managed to capture some truisms about life and people in order for that to be possible for it to have relevance beyond it's time and anything I could have then imagined.

I'm not really comfortable with the 'it started in China' way of saying things as to my mind 'it started in nature' and it is just random chance that it happened there rather than anywhere else. I also recall that it was incredibly well managed there and only became a devastating pandemic due to the mismanagement of the situation in other parts of the world. The pandemic created by the rest of the world then returned back into China far less manageably than the original outbreak so although in one sense 'it started in China' is true, in another sense it isn't true at all. I also don't think that the pandemic is a punishment from heaven, but you are entitled to your views I just feel that since it is my thread I should also state my opinion.

<Deleted User> (31922)

Thu 20th May 2021 05:41

Now it spares none. Not even a friend. Entered every premise. We are all in it together and forever.

<Deleted User> (31922)

Thu 20th May 2021 05:39

It all started in China. Then it started exchanging hands. From city to city, village to village it spread like wild fire.
Country to country it started spreading simultaneously. Those that knew were cautious instantaneously, others joked and ignored the spread.
Wrath descended, a punishment from heaven.

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