What is coronavirus when rainy season is knocking at your door,
And overnight you now have a river for a floor?
What is coronavirus when you have nowhere dry to lay your head,
And when there are 8 people stuffed together sleeping in one bed?
What is coronavirus when your stomach churns and growls,
And there is nothing but air and bile inside your bowels?
What is coronavirus when your daughter looks like she is just skin and bones,
And the tension and pain from typhoid are making your son moan?
What is coronavirus when illnesses are perceived as curses of the spiritual realm,
And when the country’s medical system was already woefully overwhelmed?
What is coronavirus when the only way to travel to your job or family is in a cramped city bus,
And when your babies are crying of the heat inside the house and making such a fuss?
What is coronavirus when thieves come at you in the middle of the night with a knife,
And when people jump you on the street for just a bite?
What is coronavirus when you were already afraid that you wouldn’t make it to the next day,
And when you feel there is nothing you can do to keep death’s kiss away?
What is coronavirus when you already haul water from two miles away just to drink,
And when the water [and soap] you have is gone in the time it takes to blink?
What is coronavirus when you know that your government has lied so many times before,
And when you feel like they are using you as nothing more than just a lure?
What is coronavirus when malaria has already stolen your mother, your father, your brother,
And when the tears you cried have long ago been smothered?
What is coronavirus when there is no school to occupy your children’s time,
And when the football field is right there on the other side of the law’s line?
What is coronavirus when they tell you to stay away from large groups,
And when you’ve got 30 or more people living under your roof?
What is coronavirus in a country where truth is usually found through the idea that seeing is believing,
And when the systems are known for nothing more than deceiving?
What is coronavirus when the money you make today is the only thing that keeps hunger at bay,
And they tell you to stay inside for just a couple more days?