19 Covid Thoughts: #6
Adapted from Gabriel De’ Mussi’s
"History of the Disease, or The Great Dying of the Year of our Lord 1348"
They had brought evil spirits with them.
Every city, every settlement
was poisoned by the contagious pestilence.
He poisoned his whole family
even as he fell and died
so that those preparing to bury his body
were seized by death in the same way.
We bear the responsibility
for revealing the judgments of god.
We had been delayed by tragic events
yet we reached our homes.
Relations, kinsmen, and neighbours
flocked to us from all sides.
But to our anguish
we were carrying the darts of death.
While they hugged and kissed us
we were spreading poison from our lips
even as we spoke
Cruel, bitter, godless.
It breaks the bonds of affection.
Divides father and mother
brother and sister
son and wife.
Lamenting our misery
we feared to fly
yet we dared not remain.