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The Lessons of a Pandemic The Lessons of a Pandemic Ink Sac

The Lessons of a Pandemic

By Niklas Stephenson

 

Life on earth is a thin shortly lived dread
death is omnipresent in all life
just rarely visible
and you don’t feel it
smell it or hear it
but it is there
always
it is there in the ignorance of man spreading himself out on the earth without any consideration of other life and nature, not asking for permission, but earth will strike back if we stack cages of animals meters high in open air markets to sell their meat for the consumption of the obese and ever-greedy western world that is also spreading to all corners of the world in cultural imperialism.
it is there
always
it is there making health a profit and healing a hindrance because the medicines have to be sold and the beds made clear for the next patients in good time instead of healing they are sent home into the hands of pharmaceutical profit and addiction, a devilish cycle for medicine and health
it is there
always
it is there when trillions of dollars are applied to save the ruling classes from a financial fiasco they themselves create, a wise man whose name I won’t mention for fear of the human ignorance once said that capitalism and the ruling classes will always create their own crisis but we are just too fucking dumb to see it and watch as our grandparents die because the rich are more important
it is there
always
when governments can suddenly take actions to save themselves and their lobbyists but not when inequality is rising the homeless are freezing and the working classes bathe in blood and sweat to not starve.
it is there
always
when the ignorant jealousy is so high and rampant in our society that we don’t see causes but ghosts made to be causes those standing at the borders in fear looking to find some form of sanctity.
it is there
always
it is there when those that can afford to buy out all the shelves of every super market leaving the people who go from month to month in front of those shelves crying because they can’t find diapers for their babies or food to uphold a bare minimum of existence.
always
it is there when people drown in their own fear and insecurity because having the virus is better than having to pay thousands to finally be safe to know if you have it or not
always
but it is no reason to panic and fall into a hysteria the perspective of death is what should drive your compassion and solidarity, always. the perspective of death is life.
always
it is there
always
death.
it is the lesson of a pandemic
that we will ignore
and go back to normal
when it is all done
because the markets demand it
and death again hides in the shadows

 

Niklas “Manik” Stephenson is a German American writer and poet currently living in Speyer, Germany. He has published three chapbooks of poetry with Analog Submission Press and self-published a novel, “Bloodbursts,” available on Amazon. In his spare time, he provocates whoever and whatever he can and finds peace with his wife, son and family. Instagram @_manikbloc_

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