The Great Leveller

As they mop, cook and wash... tycoons, corporate honchos and celebrities included, each one begins to feel like the other...

Little did man think

He would be pushed to the basics

As the virus pin him down

To the confines of his homes

Suddenly, all are at bay, alone

Status, position and reputation begin to fade

As many mop, cook and wash,

Tycoons, corporate honchos and celebrities included

 

Each begins to feel the same as the other

With no distinction, life has become a great leveller!

 

Quality time with family 

Is now there in plenty

While many make the best of it

Many others lie punctured by it bit by bit

With arguments and clashes

Fists, fights and smashes

Human frailties that were always under wraps

Shielded by distance, space and different garbs

are now all out in the open

Behind closed doors, perhaps

Favouritism, aversion, love or hate

Life’s platter is filled with them pills

All served up in varied amounts

Outburst of never-felt-before emotions

A second helping not required

 

Each begins to feel the same as the other

With no distinction, life has become a great leveller!

 

Staying in quarantine, the digital world is abuzz

With news, videos, shares and forwards

A good dose of unnecessary fuss

Urging each to push their limits

Encouraging them for nothing but the best 

For some, this is a boost 

For others, it’s a stress

Striving to achieve what others have achieved 

Fills them with anxiety, despair and disbelief

Distance can tear us apart

Distance can do wonders

As we take a step back to sit alone

In silence, we see beyond

The wall and borders, a unique life 

That none could call their own 

 

Each begins to feel the same as other

With no distinction, life has become a great leveller!

 

Amid life In the 17thcentury

James Shirley had penned “Death the Leveller”

Little did he imagine

In the 20thcentury, life amid Coronavirus!

First Published:June 7, 2020, 11:39 a.m.