Finding the Bright Side

By Maitreyi (Maith), listener from India

The pandemic—an abrupt episode,
That caused schools to conclude.
Holidays, freedom, and ecstasy,
Sigh. Lockdowns crushed my fantasy.

Being stuck at home was a bore,
Gadgets making my eyes sore!
Pouting over the delightful past,
My room was the whole world, alas…

Being indolent, made me frustrated,
“Create a blog,” my parents suggested.
I started sharing my little stories and poems,
Gained friends from across the globe!

The latest technology made me merry,
Met my pals through zoom and sundry.
Attended webinars to stay busy,
Even my grandparents found this to be a novelty!

No more hustle-bustle; my family was free,
We bonded over games and TV.
Delectable dishes, I learned to make.
My culinary knowledge—now not vague!

Books became my companions again,
John Green, Virginia Woolf, and J.R.R. Tolkien!
I drowned in the pages of literature,
My imagination, nurtured.

The icing on the cake—online classes,
Learning in PJs and not much
Though I miss my friends indeed,
Staying safe is the need.

Lo! Time flew; summer’s back,
The situation is still intact.
Masks and sanitizers now cordial,
We have just entered a new normal.

Resilience is the one aspect of humanity that is the strongest. Even in this darkness, there was a bright side. I embarked on a divine ‘virtual’ self-journey in 2020, that I will cherish for years to come.