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Paradox of our times

Paradox of our times

While some countries began the summer with hope as vaccines started to roll out, most others were still going through lockdowns due to the increasing coronavirus cases. And with the beginning of August, the nightmare started to get real as the hospitalizations and deaths started to creep up in many parts of the world. But life rolled on as usual or so it seemed with the seasons leading the way. In the Northern Hemisphere, the weather was hot and sultry while in the Southern Hemisphere, the winter was coming to an end. The farmers began harvesting their crops as always. In countries with vaccines, life was returning to the pre-pandemic days. But in others, there was nothing resembling normalcy.

Blue skies, beautiful

sunshine, birds chirping around

freshness of summer

 

Linking to dVerse Challenge: Haibun Monday 8-2-21 – August

First day of summer

First day of summer

It had been a long hard winter with coronavirus wreaking havoc day after day. It was heartbreaking to see people struggling for their lives as the medical community began to buckle under the constant stream of patients. The dark clouds of uncertainty hung over everyone’s life.

But the vaccinations provided a silver lining amidst these dark clouds. And as the first day of summer began, these vaccinations were speeding ahead and began to show that there was light at the end of the tunnel. As the sun shone bright, the brightness in people’s lives also began to take shape.

first day of summer

with the sun shining bright amidst

the beautiful sky

Linking to dVerse Challenge: Haibun Monday 6-21-21: Solstice I

What does the new normal mean?

What did the new normal mean?

The new normal

left her immobile.

Linking to Saturday Six Word Story Prompt: Normal, One Word Sunday: Mobile, Six Word Saturday

Safe to open up?

Safe to open up?

People see what makes sense to them, reality notwithstanding.

The calls to open up had reached a crescendo in countries where vaccines were aplenty. People yarned away without appreciating how lucky they were compared to the rest.

Linking to Your Daily Word Prompt: Aplenty, Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Yarn, Sammi’s Weekend Prompt #212, First Line Friday

The ‘other’ pandemic

The 'other' pandemic

The pandemic has upended our lives in more ways than we can imagine. Alongwith the direct impact in terms of fatalities, health concerns, there has also been the indirect impact. People have lost their livelihoods along with savings which took years to build. Children have lost their precious years of school life. Families have been torn apart in more ways than one can imagine.

And to top it off, more and more people are going hungry and facing poverty than ever before. Years of gains in equality and social welfare along with treatment of other diseases has all been lost within a matter of months. As the number of mouths to feed continues to increase, families continue to wonder on what would happen the next moment.

“Only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heart which safely exists in the center of all things?

Linking to dVerse Challenge: Prosery – Here’s the thing about existing

Zenith of Disaster

Zenith of Disaster

May didn’t augur well for him. While he was sure that his family was careful, he knew that the precautions followed by those who came home had gone wayward off late. Within days, the covid fatalities rose and as he lay in bed, his thoughts were interrupted as an auger was used to put his wife’s frame on the wall. He laid a lei on her grave next morning wondering how the pandemic had broken their union.

Linking to Ragtag Daily Prompt: Union, Fandango One Word Challenge: Sure, Your Daily Word Prompt: May, Saturday Mix, Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt #207, Stream of Consciousness Saturday

This post is part of the Blogchatter A2z Challenge

eXistential Crisis

Existential Crisis

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

They sat on their chairs wondering how it had all become s0 vacant.

“Previously, we used to have so many customers that we didn’t have enough staff to meet their needs. But all that feels so far away. Despite our scrupulous attention to detail when it comes to sanitation, the numbers haven’t increased.”

Existential Crisis

As another day came to an end with a beautiful sunset looking over the sea, they knew that the pandemic had turned their life upside down.

Existential Crisis

In times of lockdowns, their home far away seemed like quite a lonely place to be in.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read the other entries here.

Linking to Ragtag Daily Prompt: Scrupulous, Fandango One Word Challenge: Vacant, Photo Challenge #363 , What do you see #79, Wordless Wednesday

This post is part of the Blogchatter A2z Challenge

Visualizing an apocalypse

Visualizing an apocalypse

The positivity rate has rapidly increased as the infection has torn through the country at breakneck speed. There is a huge influx of patients in already full hospitals each day. The rush for beds, for oxygen, for medicines, for food and more has only intensified as people grapple for survival. And then there are so many who don’t make it to a hospital. Some isolate and survive at home while others die before they get that life saving injection or supplemental oxygen. They leave behind grieving families. And in the end, they just end up as a statistic amongst the numerous funeral pyres burning across the city and the country.

It was just the start

of summer but the clouds of

doom came together

Note: It’s gut wrenching to see so many people in India (my home) suffer through this brutal coronavirus wave. Having already lost loved ones, I hope and pray that we all get the courage and strength to get through this.

Linking to dVerse Challenge: Haibun Monday – The Present Moment 

This post is part of the Blogchatter A2z Challenge

Never say never

Never say never

As the clock ticked by,

the virus returned in a

lethal avatar

 

Note: For those who thought that they had defeated COVID and it was all a thing of the past, unfortunately with the 2nd / 3rd / 4th waves, the virus has reminded all of us that we are mere mortals.

Linking to dVerse Challenge: Open Link #290

This post is part of the Blogchatter A2z Challenge

Grocery shopping during a pandemic

Grocery shopping during a pandemic

The strangest thing happened as I went into the supermarket. I saw a customer who was very curt with the staff about not wearing a mask despite the strict rules. While he did nod indicating that he understood what the staff was telling him, he still went on in and began to carve his way through the store one step at a time. He also made a faint attempt at a laugh apparently mocking the staff.

Meanwhile, what started out as thunder had given way to a downpour so much so that the city seemed underwater and whirlpools were forming up as well. Almost on cue, things started getting heated up inside as well. Despite the fact that the customer was well built with a broad chest to boot, the staff didn’t waste any time in telling him to leave the store until he followed the health guidelines.

The customer protested saying it was his sovereign right to do what he felt. But the supermarket wasn’t about to sway from the defined rules which would affect their credibility. The staff didn’t have any inanition in following the defined rules. They had kept cherry blossoms around their store as a symbol of hope and they weren’t about to let a random customer spoil it all.

Linking to Ragtag Daily Prompt: Sway, Fandango One Word Challenge: Credibility, Your Daily Word Prompt: Sovereign, Sunday Writing Prompt: Choosing your context, Wordle #203 and Fiction Monday

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