Saturday, July 25, 2020

Arlene Corwin writes

Words That Changed Our Lives: 
Pandemic, Pandemonium, Endemic

Words that show lives but a tribe:
There to scribe, describe our lives. 
Words that come from health or sickness: mind and body:
Words from which no-one escapes:
Fearlessness, speechlessness, endlessness;
Dangerousness, selfishness;
Sowing seeds of mental shapes 
That come from mind-to-mouth.

Now’s come the time to learn some new:
Epidemic and Pandemic, 
Plus another word to view: Endemic.
Just a few, but whew! 
Let me put you in the picture,
Hoping that it’s not titanic - the Titanic!

First come epidemics:
Measles, smallpox, influenzas…
How to conquer, name and aim,
How could and could we cure the sum?  
We do sometimes rule over some -
But vanquished? Germs and virus are not dumb,
Survive anti-biotically, the foe of symbiotically.

It is the year two thousand twenty:
Epidemic now pandemic,
Plentiful and more than plenty;
Too, too many - far too many.

Struck by the invisible;
We, vaccine-less, susceptible, 
Daring not to breathe or touch,
Wondering, asking when will it become too much?
Thus we leave the first word, 
Come to the last, worst word:
Some background forever found somewhere;
Will not be killed, wiped out or cleared;
And underground a countlesss year
Alive and well and waiting for…
pandemonium:wild and noisy disorder or confusion; uproar: there was complete pandemonium—everyone just panicked. ORIGIN mid 17th century: modern Latin (denoting the place of all demons, in Milton's Paradise Lost), from pan- ‘all’ + Greek daimōn ‘demon’.
pandemic: (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world; an outbreak of a pandemic disease: the results may have been skewed by an influenza pandemic.
endemic (adjective): (of a disease or condition) regularly found among particular people or in a certain area: complacency is endemic in industry today.• [attributive] (of an area) in which a particular disease is regularly found: the persistence of infection on pastures in endemic areas.

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