Poetry: Busy Life, Day 57, Earlier This Morning
In the event that the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was discovered and beginning to spread from China then other parts of East Asia, then up to the entire Asia. And in an instance conquered the United States of America, South America as well as parts of Europe and the World Health Organization (WHO) said it is already a pandemic issue.
My country, Philippines, started as early as first week of March that the government will going to imposed a Luzon Lockdown, also considers as Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) starting March 15, 2020. That day is a Sunday. In that new Executive Order by the Philippine President, only employees were allowed to travel to go to their respective workplace. I am living with my family in the province nearby the metropolis. I am working in the metropolis, and in order to avoid any problem with my transportation from the border between the province and the metropolis, March 14 afternoon, I decided to go to my mother’s place in the metropolis, almost ten kilometers away from my workplace.
Then, Monday, March 16, 2020, I got a chance to report for work. Before the end of the work, most of the supervisors already said that we have to take care of ourselves specifically with the health issue. On the same day, at night, while at my mother’s home, we are watching news channel and the Philippine President announced to suspend all kinds of public transportation. In that case, I have no means of travelling to my workplace.
March 17, 2020, I did not report for work. I just informed my supervisors not to report for work because of transportation issue. They understood the issue because they’re already aware of the President’s announcement last night. While at my mother’s home, I am still waiting, when the President will lift the suspension of the public transportation, so that, I have a chance to report for work, but nothing happens. And on the 21st of March (Saturday), I decided to go back to the province with my family using the bicycle of my mother’s neighbor. I borrowed that bicycle just to go back to the province, pedaling with the speed of 5-15 kilometer per hour (too slow) just to reach the house to be with my family.
Although, I received my salary first salary during the ECQ on March 20 covering the payroll February 26 to March 10. Then, I received my partial 13th month pay on March 26 as mandated by the government to instruct companies to help the people. Then on April 5, I received my second salary covering the March 11 to March 25, however, since I only reported March 11, 12, 13 and 16, I only received a salary good for 4 days. Too sad. And because of that frustration due to that quarantine issue, I started composing free verse poems about “quarantine”, “COVID-19”, “lockdown” and any in relation of last April 3 and continue to do that up to this moment.
Today, while still adding more poems in this collection, I am still in the “no work no pay” that affects my savings, in which got a problem in feeding my family.
It is already the Day 58 of the quarantine
In which, I spend time writing like in famine
Composing all my necessary events in the Palestine
To say nothing but frustration in the quarantine.
I am always busy to think about it
How I or the government will end it
The so-called COVID-19 kill us like a bandit
Either we hit the virus or no food to eat.
Every letters of the poem, I wrote
I am trying to tell everyone to quote
What’s my busy life hanging in a tooth
Banding with my patience in the lockdown to put.
Hello, here’s my busy life
Loving my family as high as the kite
Praying every single food to byte
That next day, the COVID-19 will end the light.
- Luis G. Asuncion (11May2020 = 3:23pm)
It is already near sixty days
For the event of no work no pays
As the COVID-19 arises
And no idea when it end in the provinces.
The pain of the Luzon Lockdown
Losing hope in the downtown
No idea when the sun will go down
To make sunrise in the midst of uptown.
Day 57, dictates to me to write more
A free verse poetry in a Commodore
Flowing in the ocean of words in the core
Inking each letter in the paper adore.
I love to write poetry while in the quarantine
Than struggling to know the news about quarantine
While waiting the COVID-19 cases flatten the intestine
In order to live a new life of the Palestine.
- Luis G. Asuncion (10May2020 = 5:50pm)
Earlier this morning
We are still sleeping
When our dog keeps on barking
Until my eldest son woke me up and I am thinking
What’s the reason behind a lady outside keeps on knocking.
I immediately stood up to attend
Do not know what to bend
And to check what is happening to lend
How could I help the lady to send.
As I attend the lady outside
She just gave me a short paper on the side
Bearing my local government unit beside
That tomorrow, I will receive a new seaside.
With the COVID-19, local government unit is helping
The people in the community that needs something
To help a family food to eat in lieu of pending
No work no pay for already two months of nothing.
- Luis G. Asuncion (14May2020 = 8:44am)
Wear your facemask
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© 2020 Luis G Asuncion