A novel new blight has arisen,
It is upon the tongues of all,
With the same frequency as hellos and farewells,
The covid virus,
The new political and media months flavour,
An ailment embellished,
Despite its lethal effects,

The initial symptom being a destruction of all sense,
Eagerly followed by the choking of the weak,
Indeed let it be known it is a foul affliction,
Lives shattered and irrevocably altered,
Not purely by this virus itself,
But by legislative hammers of feeble men,
Flaccid controls in the guise of genius,

It has taken over,
But what of the others?
Those recieved of other illnesses,
Cancers and strokes and fractures and derangement,
They are skipped over,
Verily banished from the facilities meant to aid them,
Sent to form morgues within their hovels,

Souls perish every hour to these curses,
But the darling of the elite takes the stage,
The pundits preach fear overblown,
Fear the covid,
There is only covid,
But I ask of you,
Does covid matter more than all other ills?

  1. Yeah, it’s just fucking ridiculous, society does with every new thing πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ
    Just unnecessary panic making πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ
    Cuz it turns into cash, ya know?

  2. shauna says:

    I have heard SO many horror stories! The facility I work for initially had shut down all elective procedures. Then reopened the end of April and we have been playing β€œcatch up” supposedly. What stinks is that there were already waiting periods for things just because of the sheer numbers of folks needing stuff done. Baby boomers, folks from the generation just before the Boomers, people my age and younger needing help because between the obesity epidemic and sky rocketing problems from drugs ( meth and ecstasy in their worst forms are causing far more havoc than LSD ever did) , and then the last effects from coronavirus itself.
    Sorry, I realize the point of your poem is more about the horrid people who are using and abusing the situation. But ever since midMay/early June, we have been scrambling to find admission beds for patients. COVID ICU: holds 20. Has stayed half to nearly full since August.
    COVID floor: holds 26. Also has stayed half to nearly full since August.
    Cardiac floors: varies depending on whether patients can have roommates. If they have other communicable infections (like resistant staph for example), they have to be in a room alone which means not suing the other bed in our double bed rooms. (We no longer have any open wards except for in the surgical suite pre op and recovery rooms. )
    Our biggest hospital of the 3 in our system holds nearly 400 patients . The next smallest holds 280-290 counting our 50 bed adult behavioral health unit. Which has stayed full all summer and we have 20-30 patients on a waiting list. We are the only facility in our city that has adult inpatient psych. Don’t get me started on the deplorable lack of services for community mental health and our vets.
    But to my knowledge, our hospital has NOT delayed care for urgent procedures since this started. Extra care had to be taken regarding COVID, but we strive to do our best in getting services for folks regardless of their needs.

    • shauna says:

      PS: there is also another hospital system in town that takes COVID patients. Numbers are similar for the coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization.

    • Osharlequin says:

      I’m sure the medical staff themselves are doing everything they can, I would never take that from them.

      I think the situation described in my poem applied more to the situation here in the UK, which I suppose I ought to have alluded to. Hospitals were stopping procedures (many of which were extremely important or time sensitive) despite having almost no cases of Covid whatsoever.

      The hospital just near to my home has never even been close to capacity during the entire pandemic. It just stinks to me, is all.

      Thank you for your comment though, I always find them so intriguing to read. ❀️

      The Oldschool Harlequin

      • shauna says:

        We did have that experience earlier this year. Even the small free standing surgery clinics were suffering; not so much because they had cancelled cases, but because nobody wanted to be anywhere near any hospital setting because of fear of the virus. (So they were having backyard parties instead…πŸ™„)
        Our COVID cases are on the rise here and have been ever since they opened public places back up. And heading into flu season…the rest of the hospitals are full statewide not just with COVID but everything else that people have wrong these days. And don’t get me started on the needs of the mental health community. Oh my word. Isolation has not helped that AT ALL. 😒😒😒

      • Osharlequin says:

        It does sound like a hell of a circus over in the US right now. ☹️

        The Oldschool Harlequin

      • shauna says:

        In more ways than one unfortunately. πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘

  3. Shruba says:

    I beg to differ. It’s upsetting if patients are displaced and not given their rightful treatment because of scarcity of medical aid and locations ofcourse. But I don’t think it’s correct to compare covid with cancer. This is a pandemic and it’s a sudden onset that is killing millions of people worldwide and has the potential to spread if not treated and those patients isolated immediately, there is still no vaccine which makes it even more difficult to quarantine all those who are affected so as to contain the disease and limit it from spreading out more. Whereas cancer, even if it’s incurable it isn’t contagious or any kind of epidemic that instantly brings people near those affected under the risk of becoming carriers or getting the disease themselves. In essence the two illnesses aren’t comparable. They are two different types of problems.

    But yes, I agree it is unfortunate that because of this new pandemic many other patients are getting sidelined and facing difficulties because of the lack of necessary aids. There is only so much medical aid available and in times of crisis no matter how unfair it sounds, it is only logical for the authorities to give priority to that which can cause greater harm to society. It isn’t fair, every human life should matter, but it is the only option when sources are limited.

    • Osharlequin says:

      Don’t get me wrong, I am in almost complete agreement with you on that point. This has been from the viewpoint of an outside perspective in a very small area of my country. I just think it’s a shame that people have died because of an inability to see a doctor or receive particular treatments.

      Thank you my friend!

      The Oldschool Harlequin

  4. Carol anne says:

    Wish it would disappear! I hate this virus! ❀ with a passion!

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