Humans Lockdown – Environment Finds The Key
A virus was roaming the streets in Wuhan
Taking its toll, but the world went on.
The temperature of the earth was rising on
But pollution activities carried on.
The air in Delhi was cause for alarm
But as long as it did not affect us, we were calm.
And then almost overnight the scene changed
Like a sci-fi movie, a silent war waged.
Everyone sat up and had to take notice
The threat was real, WE became the endangered species.
Factories, and traffic all came to a standstill
We were locked in and the earth began to heal!
The air cleared, the birds came back
The ozone layer too, tried a life-hack!
Dolphins and penguins reclaimed their spaces
While we all watched, with masks on our faces.
Striking a balance with nature is a necessity
We humans were made aware of this reality.
But all’s not lost in this supposed calamity
Mother nature continues giving - to boost our immunity.
All it takes from us ‘the superior’ human race
Is acceptance that no one ever wins the ‘rat race’.
We must respect the environment and show responsibility
As caretakers and not owners of the earth, it is our duty.
We certainly can never go back to the way we were
We have to get back our roots, our earth, without abusing her.
The gardens we’ve begun to nurture during this time
Are quite capable to nurture us – that’s nature sublime!
Eventually the lockdown will end and we all will be free
We’ll share our resources with the flora and fauna of land and sea.
Taking care of the environment will come naturally
Hence, ‘Save the Environment’ is a slogan I never want to hear or see!
- Teacher Joyce D’mello Fernandes
Winner of Writing Competition May 2020