Day 1261, Rejected
We might be infected
So we were rejected.
The EU has told us, we should stay here.
Has made us unwanted,
A nation diseased, that all others fear.
We’ve spread too much virus
Because we’re desirous
Of complete freedom to have things our way.
The health of our neighbor
Is not worth the labor
Of wearing a mask to keep Covid away.
We’re so atavistic,
Now a grim statistic:
Worst in the world in new cases and death.
The Trumpist defiance
Of data and science
Accepted like sheep, brings on our last breath.
How can we recover?
Concern for our brother
Must rise to equal concern for ourselves.
We’re still segregated;
It’s not complicated.
We must shove hate onto history’s bookshelves.
Now Covid’s exposing
That we’re only posing
As “land of the free and home of the brave.” (1)
The clear implication:
We’re still not one nation.
The price for too many: an early grave.
(1) From “The Star Spangled Banner,” by Francis Scott Key, written on September 14, 1814, about the defense of Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor from British bombardment. The familiar melody was already in existence: written by John Stafford Smith, about 1773.