Just Like You

thunderstorms masquerade
as little raindrops pouring
creating a sweet tender lullaby
a rhythmical beating
a melody of nature
a comforting hymn
for lonely, lost souls
satisfying, memorable
combination of pitch
and rhythm
with a falling
and rising
intervals
up until it takes on
a higher note
slowly ascending
taking control
gaining power
soaring higher
’till it becomes
one loud noise
one big bang
a raging storm
is born
heartless
destructive
wrathful

just like you

 

It’s a fine morning from my side of the world. I just finished my usual morning yoga and a couple of strength and toning exercise. After a cup of tea, I went for a short rest and I came across some heartwarming feature stories about neighbors and what they do to each other during the pandemic.  It warms my heart to know that kindness and compassion are still alive among us especially during these trying days. One of the stories I’ve read is about a group of neighbors who decided to take turns in going to the supermarket to buy their supplies, this way, they limit the number of people going in and out of the neighborhood and the frequency of going to the supermarket as well. This also is another way of easily tracking down people. And it went on smoothly until restrictions were eased down.

As I finished my reading I notice a chain of conversation from a group chat back home. They were talking of how one particular neighbor just went his way into the house of another neighbor yelling and shouting and asking them to live the community. Apparently, the said house had a family member who just arrived and with clear quarantine certificates proving he is not COVID 19 positive thus, he has all the right to live a normal life in the neighborhood. Sadly, this was not the case in that particular community. Some local community officials have to take over to control the situation.

Someone from the group chat said that she was surprised to witness the rage of that person as she used to be a very gentle, kind, and calm. Has the pandemic changed her? Or did the pandemic triggered her true self to be revealed? Or maybe, she was after all really a war- freak, just so good in hiding and keeping it and masquerading as a gentle, kind, and calm friendly neighbor.

We never know. What we know is, the pandemic has changed our lives and the way we live.

So if you need emotional support to process your anxiety, don’t hesitate to seek help. Or if you know of someone who is suffering from anxiety, find a way to reach out. 

 

Linking to Eugi’s  Weekly Prompt – Neighbors https://amanpan.com/2020/07/20/eugis-weekly-prompt-neighbors-july-20-2020/

Published by michnavs

Philippine-born Michelle Navajas, currently residing in Malaysia. Michelle authored the book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for PWW during their Million Stars campaign. Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. Michelle is active in her writing profession and works as a freelance creative writer. Michelle passionately blogs at www.michnavs.wordpress.com, where you can find her prose and poetry on love, life, motherhood, and her advocacy on abuse and violence. A published author on Spillwords NYC https://spillwords.com/what-if-snowflakes-dont-fall-in-winter/ Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. kindly go check the following links –https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-the-ravaging-virulent-covid-19-pandemic-a-special-journal/ –https://personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-covid-19-a-womawords-june-edition/

58 thoughts on “Just Like You

  1. no of us are all black or white Mich … we have good and bad days. This woman sounds like she is very fearful for her life! I think any regularly reading the news, stats, reports are being wound up … partially their fault for watching so closely but also the media need to be giving some good news stories too.

    The fear and tension are mounting with the uncertainty … we were told 2 weeks nearly 5 months ago … your poem beautifully demonstrates the build up and then the storm … it could be you or I next!

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    1. Thank you kate for that…i agree that it could happen to anyone..and as things get heated up back home i can only hope that we hold on keep doing what keeps our sanity intact.

      And yes, to some good stories in the media please..because there arr still beautiful stories of hope ane inspiration out there.

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  2. Love the poem, as always, Mich–and really liked the story of the neighbors who take turns doing the shopping for several families–wow, so thoughtful and generous, a true example of “love thy neighbor”. Blessings to you.

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  3. I loved the way you build up the tempo gradually before ending in a beautiful climax. And yes, covid has really affected people. Kindness shined through at times.. ugliness too. I feel frustrated when people ignore social distancing and huddle together in my work place. But there’s only so much you can say. It’s up to them to use their common sense.

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    1. Thank you Shweta for your lovely feedback. I too am annoyed to see people deliberately ignoring safety guidelines as if they are the annointed ones…but as you said, we can only say do so much at the end of the day, its their call❤

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  4. What a powerful, vivid word-pic, emotion evoking poem, SweetMich! 🙂

    Uncertainty, loss of some control, fear, worry, hopelessness, sadness can bring out the “bad” in people, for sure. We can all relate to this at some point in our life. I hope that lady will be okay. I hope someone will be willing to have the patience to love and care about her…and that will help her find her way to positivity.

    Most of the time, the quote is true that says, “Hurting people hurt people.” Some people quickly become defensive and self-protecting and lash out at others…and if we care to find out their truth, we learn they are wounded people. 😦

    I’ve seen w-a-y more good, positive, and kind actions come out over the past months! More good than bad! 🙂 It’s so wonderful how people are helping each other and finding creative fun kind ways to bring joy to others! 🙂

    I will always cling onto the sweet, tender, comforting “notes”…and share them. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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    1. Aw, thank you so much Carolyn for sharing your thoughts on this .💖💖💖

      I know that the pandemic has greatly affected not only our health but as well as our mental state..and somehow we need to find a way to keep our sanity intact.. we are all scared…who wouldnt be scared?..but at the end of the day we should not forget that, this is not a battle between and among our neighbors, or those infected or those arriving individuals in our community. This is our battle against the virus that we all pray and hope to go away the soonest time.

      Outrage and losing our tempers won’t help, it will just add up to the gravity of the situation. But then again we are all unique and we deal with problems differently. That’ s why i mentioned at the end of the post that if we know of people who needs our emotional support lets offer them one. This might help them get through it.

      Keep safe in there and keep sharing your hugs and smiles.💖💖💖

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  5. The poem is so well written. The emotions or the storm brewing underneath can break without warning. You’ve made a very important point. Stress can change us or reveal our true nature. Getting help is very important.

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  6. Your well-written poem clearly expresses feelings due to the pandemic. A normally calm person that goes into a rage needs help. Fear is a worse enemy than the virus. Thank you so much for joining in.

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  7. Yes Mich, this pandemic is showing many people’s true colours and whilst there will always be selfish people out there, there’s also a lot of kindness in the world. One thing’s for certain, Covid has definitely changed our society. Take care and what a lovely poem you’ve written! 💙

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    1. Thank you Mirriam…i agree with you, while so many negative stories are out there, many positive ones are also coming out. Covid may have changed our lives but i hope that change would be used for the good.

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