The Challenge of Corona

by Sr Maud Murphy SSL – Knock, Ireland

The Challenge of Corona

We were flying to the Moon

We were finding life on Mars

We were dropping bombs with drones

We were getting bigger cars.

We were building finer homes

Flying out to warmer lands

We were busy buying clothes

We were brushing up our tans.


We were throwing out good food

While we watched the starving poor

We kept burning fossil fuels

And our air became less pure.


We were warned by our Pope

Need to mind our common home

Need to watch our Carbon Footprint

Try to save our world from doom.


But we didn’t want to listen

And we didn’t want to hear

We just watched TV and Tablets

Srank our wine and quaffed our beer.


Then Corona chose to visit

We were all caught unprepared

This wee microscopic VIRUS

Has our whole world running scared.


So our hands we keep on washing

And we’re careful when we cough

We stand six feet from our neighbour

Cauuse this virus might jump off.


Now we live in isolation

While our hearts are full of fear

And we fill our fridge and cupboards

Just in case it lasts a year.


Pubs and caf├ęs are forbidden

And we dare not go to Mass

Nursing homes we must not visit

Hospitals we have to pass.


But this enforced isolation

Gives us lots of time to think

Time to clean the kitchen cupboards

Time to make our wardrobes shrink.


Could it be that this Corona

Is a blessing in disguise

Makes us think about our lifestyle

Makes us open wide our eyes.


We thought we were all important

Greatest beings on this earth

So we used it and abused it

As if it were ours from birth.


But Corona is a challenge

Makes us take a different view

Helps us see what really matters

What it is we need to do.


We must watch out for our neighbour

Doing everything we can

We are all in this together

Let us love our fellow man.


God is with us every moment

Minding us with loving care

Now we know how much we need Him,

Let us talk to Him in prayer.


So Corona, thanks for coming

Truth to tell, we needed you

But don’t overstay your welcome

That, alas, would never do!

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