A poem by Ann Barber: ‘The Night of Corona’

Published: 4/27/2020 3:12:51 PM

I read with delight and surprise “The Night Before Easter” in the April 11 edition. I was surprised because I, too, had been inspired to write a poem based on the famous Christmas poem. I was particularly struck that we both felt inspired to praise Dr. Anthony Fauci. He is truly a hero to many of us. Below is my version titled, “The Night of Corona”

Twas the night of Corona when all through the world

Not a creature was stirring as the nightmare unfurled

The face masks were missing, the gloves and the gowns

The nurses and doctors were all falling down

The children and old folks were scratching their heads

To wonder what mayhem this virus could spread

Pa gathered his strength, Ma stuffed down her worries

Pulled courage together to start their new journey

When throughout the world there arose such a clatter

Of singing, and loving, though hearts were in tatters

We stood at our balconies, doorways, and windows

To let out the love Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus

The moon lit the green of the fresh budding Spring

Giving Hope for Rebirth we yearned it would bring

We opened our hearts and expanded our characters

Knowing our children would be the inheritors

When who to our wondering eyes did appear

But the good Dr. Fauci dispelling our fear

A lively old doctor so truthful and wise

We knew in a moment he’d tell us no lies

More rapid than eagles his interviews came

Knew we needed to hear him so he could explain

The virus, the distance, how not to transmit it

The challenge we’re up for, no doubt we can do it

The world just got smaller but we’re growing bigger

Our hearts and our souls demonstrate we’re no quitters

Our Heroes are Healers, not killers of Life

And many strong Women in the thick of the strife

May All who draw breath see God in Each Other

Embracing Our weakness As Sisters and Brothers

Stronger Together

Adapted on April 10 from “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” by Clement Clarke Moore.

Ann Barber

West Hatfield

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