The long walk
Livelihood shut, food scarce, virus scare.
You view: news, Netflix, Sensex
and tut-tut about the migrant crisis.
A pot or two bundled on my head, I walk.
You worry: housework, kids at home
groceries dwindling, sanitiser levels dipping.
The sun scorches, feet calloused, and I walk.
You try: new recipes, new poses
Vitamin C, hot water gargles.
Lathi raised, disinfectant sprayed, I still walk.
You play: songs, board games
Cards, any kind of time-pass.
Village reached, entry closed, I stop.
You video call: Singapore, UK
US, you care for them all.
Nowhere to walk,
Hunger, fatigue, thirst
Which one will get me first?
Zarin Virji is a school leader, teacher trainer and writer.
Featured image credit: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters