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Dear Covid 19

Dear COVID-19,

 

You pulled the rug from under my feet and sent me tumbling

From London to Singapore in a matter of days – No thank you

However, it was also you that brought me back home

In dire times, for safety and security – Thank you

 

You spread your wings around the world with liberty 

Yet you encaged us within four walls – No thank you

However, it was also you that made us appreciate home

Which we otherwise would have taken for granted – Thank you

 

You worked yourself silently to devastating effect

From schools to nursing homes to our workers’ dormitories – No thank you

However, you have given new perspectives on our front-liners

And to me a purpose to have returned to serve – Thank you

 

You hit us where it hurts most

Causing our places of worship to be closed – No thank you

However, it was only because of you that we made an effort

To convert our homes into halls of prayer – Thank you

You pulled the rug from under my feet and sent me tumbling from London to Singapore in a matter of days 

You kept me away from my parents

And from friends near and dear – No thank you

However, it was also you that made me appreciate 

My wife and kids a whole new level more – Thank you

 

Despite all the new insights and perspectives you have brought

Despite all the “thank yous” that I owe you

I certainly wish for you not to stay but to go

And I promise you I will never forget you and your teachings throughout

Dr Hamid Rahmatullah

25 May 2020