The War We Won

By Rogers Wanambwa & Josephine Amoako

It was an exciting Christmas we had

All excited, young, old, lazy and diligent alike

Thrilled to see what the new dawn had for us all

With well wishes going all around

And church folk praying fervently into the year

We all didn’t see it coming

That instead of remaking resolutions

We should be girding our loins

For the hardest fight for survival our generation has ever seen

For the first time since humankind proudly called itself a global village

Countries had to shut its borders from one another

Seeing each other as risk factors instead of friendly neighbors

Natives of the country of origin of the deadly virus facing discrimination globally

It was a shame

Revealing the worst of us in a time which demanded the most love from everyone

Fighting against an unseen enemy

Many perished, rendering children orphans and parents childless

And those who narrowly survived, returning home weakened from the fierce fight

Then having to face scared friends and relatives reluctant to come close

Telling their children to keep their distance, condemning them to the prison walls of their rooms

As the days stretched into weeks and months

Humankind remembered the power of love in keeping us strong against any enemy

People shed their fear off and volunteered to help the vulnerable in need of it

The hungry were fed and the sick taken care of

With God’s mercy and man’s faith, people faced death and conquered it

Knowingly or unknowingly, most of us have fought this enemy

And survived it without breaking a sweat

Through it all, one great lesson we’ve all learned:

What affects one, affects all

What concerns one, matters to us all

As we slowly close this chapter of fear, death and recession

Let’s look forward with hope that tomorrow will get better

Whether we’d ever get back to the way things used to be

Or accept the new normal as our reality moving forward

We will love and accept one another with our unique differences

And come what may, we’ll stand and fight together: as one people

We will tell tales of this terror that was Coronavirus year

Our grandchildren will be riveted by the weavings of tales

The ones we will come up with to keep them entertained

Of how even the leader of the greatest Democracy caught it

Even though just a months back, he had called it a hoax

But most importantly,

We will tell them that what humankind has to learn

Is that when we come together, great things happen

Even battles are won

We will tell them of this war too

The war we won. 

Done with corona (nearly), onto the next!

Kindly check out Rogers Wanambwa‘s blog here.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautifully penned, indeed the war we won!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Feona.


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