Dear Sapiens

You climbed the mountains, you crossed the oceans

Sands of the desert flowed freely in your fist.

You patted your back to have conquered the world,

Friendly and tough, far and close, all in your list.

 

You conquered  nature and reigned the planet

Or so you thought, ignoring the rest that made it.

Not paying heed to the balance I cried for,

As always, I had to intervene to give you a nudge just a tad bit.

 

Though this time a little harsher than the other,

I sent a resilient warrior messenger, Covid you named.

And change you did, calling the ways ‘new normal’,

Rejoicing in the glimmer of a snow-capped vision thus reclaimed.

 A river where the dolphins frolicked, a highway where the giraffes walked

Fancy you felt, calling it ‘nature reclaiming its space’;

But I stayed silent for I knew that your sordid greed had only paused

For a tiny while, before it got back to the fore and onto the surface.

 

Before you again befog the skylines with all that you call need

For power, for supremacy, for money, for convenience, for place.

Before you again snatch away the space from my other claimants.

Claiming your pre-eminence not only as a species but also as a caste, rank and race.

 

Engulfed in the colossal sense of SELF, you shall rage a war,

Against your own kind, calling them DIFFERENT,

A warning, nevertheless, I must give you, I am yours, But NOT YOURS ONLY.

Do not be oblivious to the signs of this raging current.

 

Satiate your hunger, for that is the way of life,

but define your ‘HUNGER’ in a way that is just, else I shall come again,

With a retribution ever so inexorable, for your sins would surpass

The threshold of forgiveness, and DEAR SAPIENS too late it shall be by then

.

 

Copyright © Aradhana Mishra

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  1. You know how small and tiny covid virus is compared to Sapiens ? Sapiens are well formed, highly structured and evolved through centuries vs a virus who’s entire existence can be defined as a left out dna/rna that once existed in some living being. During regeneration process it got left out. It’s a bio-genetic piece that can’t even survive on its own is so lethal to Sapiens. How does a virus gain so much power over the entire sapiens? The power sometimes is not in evolution or on and being giant and intelligent but in something other than that.

    1. Thank you Flora for your insightful comment. Indeed there is a lot that needs to be answered. Yes, they are tiny, the covid virus but as you rightly ask..How does a virus gain so much power over the Sapiens, supposedly such evolved creatures of the earth. The answer is both complicated and simple. While the complicated one, I cant really put my finger on, the simple one is really simple… Sapiens grew greedier by the day… destroying all the balance , mother nature wanted all its inhabitants to adhere to! With the balance slipping away… we see more such arisings..be it floods, fire, pandemics…as reminders.. to mend our ways..!

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