Who Is This Enemy Amongst Us?
It lies in wait, ready to pounce, to weave around us, leapfrog between us. This thing lurches from ledges, hibernates on surfaces, disguises itself as droplets in our air, yet it sits in silence, cloaked in transparency, hidden from us all. There’s no timetable to its movement, no form to its shape, no address, no habitat. Where are you, what you are?
It discriminates not. Children, men and women, old and young, healthy or in pain. It separates us from belonging, from touching, from reality. Families and friends, villages and cities, countries and nations divided, for how long we yearn to know. This evil enemy divides us, drives us to hidden corners in our home, in our mind, in our heart.
It is an invisible force, no sound, no smell, no form. Colourless and deadly. If we could see it, we would run, ring a warning bell is we could hear, smother if we could smell it and if we could feel it, we would use all the power of our mental strength to defeat it.
We will win
We may have been social distanced yet the enemy has brought us together, neighbours connected, friends united, communities spirited by technology and kindness. Virtual learning now in vogue. Musicians performing from their front rooms and beamed onto our TV screens, meals delivered to poverty-stricken homes, money raised from acts of defiance.
This enemy will be conquered. From the depths of despair, we will rise against it as a stronger force. Our communities will barricade it from boundaries, Until then we can focus on green shots of hope, rays of light and a renewed life on the horizon.