There is a shadow knocking on my door
He doesn’t seem too nice
To say I don’t want him to come in
Should surely suffice
But the knocking won’t cease
The darkness won’t leave me in peace
Filled with terror and fear
For rather dangerous does this blackclad stranger appear
I leap out the back
My slippers hit the ground with a clack
I hop in my car, and go to a store near
It is said that soap and sanitizer can repel the beast
In wanting to be infected I am most definitely least
To take back control
To make myself feel more whole
I take toilet paper as well
And I think to myself, “How swell!”
“I have gotten rid of any risk to my harm,”
“There’s no more cause for alarm!”
I park my car, and go home
Where I am assured no shadows can roam
The shadow is still at the door
But I fear no more
For my chemicals and toilet paper are enough
For it to get in would be quite tough
I go up the stairs
And read a book, aloof from the world.
But as I sat on my couch, so chaos swirled.
It twisted and it turned
And the hands that contained it, those it burned
Stung, they let go of the jar
Chaos exploded outwards, and it traveled far.
It reached for the Sun, and blotted out every star
Violent, dark, and vengeful black tar
Filled every street
People would no longer meet
The radio blared from my table
It announced to my shock
A general lockdown in every block
Anyone, any face
Could be carrying shadows with them
Darkness lurking inside their phlegm
No contact whatsoever
Not now, not in 3 days, not in 3 weeks, in what seemed like not ever
Social distancing was advised
To everyone this was a sad and terrible surprise
Stocks fell like meteors from the sky
Opposing anything the government would try
Was the whole world going to die?
And I looked out my window the next day
There was nothing happy that I could say.
For there were shadows at everyone’s door
Many people were reduced to cowering on the floor
Some were terrified out of their wits, with no hope
Others ran around in a blind panic, at the end of their rope.
I watched with growing horror
As shadows broke into a home, and grabbed someone.
He struggled, tried to run
But he was old, and they were cruel.
He fought back, the strongest medicine aiding him in battle
But the shadows were stronger, and the bed would rattle
With the shivers caused.
I hope, one last time, he got to see the Sun
Before taken away by the wicked ghoul.
In other places, to other unsuspecting faces, the same fate
Silently would await.
I noticed something strange
Many experts complained supplies were becoming thin
Moods grew depressed and grim
Hopes began to rapidly dim
This needed to change
I filled boxes full of all my excessive stuff
I just hoped it was enough
I burst open the door, and spritzed the shadows away
I went back to the store, shadows following in a trail
But I had anger on my side, and ran like the fastest gale
The store’s shelves were bare
No one seemed inclined to share
People fighting over the last tissue box
Plowing into each other like an ox
I set my box down
Returned many an item
And in doing so, killed many a frown
Workers restocked with a snap of the finger
Now that there was plenty to spare
I was greeted with smiles and cheers
I had, unknowingly, banished some of their fears
The shadows still waited, but they could fight
With all their might, and overcome their fright.
They no longer had to choose flight.
I had returned many a sanitizer bottle, and soap bars too
If I wanted to kill the shadows, that is what I had to do
Not just for myself
But as a moral duty
You can’t hoard,
Can’t afford to be snooty
And as I gave, the shadows faltered.
There were no easy targets to attack
They could still wage their war
But we would certainly fight back
And in the darkness of the tunnel
We have to look for the light ahead
We can’t let ourselves be overtaken by dread
We have to be human, and help others too
Because we are humans. And that is what we will do.
No shadow can dim our light
We shine just as bright
As the Sun, and the celestial stars too
Be a human.
Through and through.
True and true.