By: Sabila Siddiqui
Its name left buzzing malls empty,
sanitizers out of stock,
masks and hygiene products booming.
It revolutionized responses to sneezes
from “bless you” to “get away from me”.
It shut down schools and flights
bringing governments to its knees.
It snatched sleep from health workers,
that now risk their lives every day to be
the hustle towards the cure of it.
It declined stock markets,
dissipated jobs like
they were a mere nothing.
It ticked off the many goals from our bucket lists
by traveling across the world,
and leaving the world impacted.
It grafted face masks onto people,
But wait, France is this a veil you’ll ban as well?
It revolutionized greetings,
made many of us home bounded –
is this the final push to making every inch of our lives digitalized?
As for the kids,
the final teachings of their doctors,
teachers and parents is put to work;
they’re finally washing their hands.