I wonder if the people outside of Oxford
were aware the world was ending,
as malaise and death crept
into their humble homes;
watching loved ones die in agony
whilst thinking they would mending.
The Black Death, razing cities, farms, householders, and hovels:
no respecter of persons, the virus buried all with shovels.
Should we have known, 600 years later with more education on board,
after Ebola, H1N1, AIDS, and the Spanish Flu.
that our Human race was as vulnerable to the virus horde,
as the Middle ages were to the Plague the rats once bore?
Swiftly overtaken, city by state we fell,
denial of severity spreading the global death knell.
Questionably, we sit at the peak of surging cases,
what more do we know: wash hands, cover faces?
Is this the End of The World as we know it,
or will we learn this time through compassion, Love, and Wit?
Only time, in our new tomorrow, will tell.
Maria L. Park 4/13/2020 ©