Two years ago, the world was starting to see the affects of a new coronavirus. It travelled rapidly around the world, despite attempts to quell the spread. We washed our hands, wiped down our purchases, donned masks, stayed at home, severed physical ties with friends and family, begged governments to take action, then fought over personal rights and freedoms.
We lost our sports and entertainment, but more importantly, we lost many people. Hospitals ran out of capacity and staff. Lockdowns and restrictions came fast and furious, putting many in such and uproar that governments were pressured to loosen them prematurely, leading to spikes in infections.
Now? The fully vaccinated are still wearing masks, our governments are advising us to limit our contacts and travel, doing what they can to vaccinate more of the population. Countries are experiencing fourth and fifth waves, often more deadly than the previous ones. People are again rethinking their holiday gatherings.
To quote the great philosopher, Charles Brown: “Good grief.”
Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.
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