2020 – The Unique Year

By Sonakshi Seetohul, London


We all know that 2020 will be unique

As days turn into weeks, then months

We near the end of the year

When lockdowns have taught us to value and appreciate whatever we have

At first we thought Covid-19 was a type of flu

And would soon go away

But it looks like it has come to stay

We listen to the government as we think they know what’s best

Stay at home and isolate is the request

Masked faces, sanitized hands and social distancing have become the norm

Grounded planes no longer leave

As the virus spreads from one country to another

Travel restrictions imposed on whatever holidays planned

Air travel and foreign holidays may become a distant memory

But we can still keep in touch with our friends and family far away

As we can use Zoom and WhatsApp to connect with loved ones abroad

Had it happened 20 years ago, life would have been different

No video calls or online shopping

In this great world of ours there is so much to see,

But all our streets are empty

Shops, pubs and theatres are closed

Usually bustling and full of sparkling lights

Especially as Christmas approaches

All music has ceased

All performances remain unclapped

History books will talk of the time the world stood still

At war with an enemy unseen –

A nasty bug called Covid-19

Hoping one day we shall step out of doors

Without sanitizing hands and putting masks on our faces

Walk down the streets,

Meet families and friends,

Enjoy a cup of coffee and maybe a slice of cake.

Dec 2020

* Published in print edition on 15 December 2020

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