Letters from the Pandemic 22: Dear Covid-19

Letters from the Pandemic 22: Dear Covid-19
by Al Jones

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Dear Covid-19, 

You seem so very hungry
You have run all over the world
You need to cling to us
You bring out the best in us
You bring out the worst
You don’t care where we are from
You don’t even have life as we know it.
You take lives
You take the vulnerable
You take the poor
You take the old
You cause us to fight with each other
WHO are you?
Who have I become?
Who can I blame?
Who made you?
Who will survive?

Electron micrograph of Covid-19, the coronavirus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Photo by Scott Camazine, courtesy New Scientist

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Al Jones

Al (Alan) Jones is in the Graduate Liberal Studies 2019 Cohort. For twenty years before that, he ran his my own consulting practice called Human Capital. “The last few lines of Dear Covid-19,” he writes, “are inspired by Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio, by Amara Lakhous.” In June 2020, he wrote an essay, “Lessons from my Brother’s Room,” for the Graduate Liberal Studies Journal and The Ormsby Review. Al Jones lives in Vancouver.

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Amara Lakhous, Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio (2006; Europa Editions, 2008)

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