Monday, January 27, 2020

...and the whole world at its mercy!

                                                                                                  Author: Cypp0847
Image: How Fast it had Spread out (here)
(the situation as of 25th Jan 2020)

A Quadrille:
was not of immediate concern
influenza-like the common cold

then death reared its ugly head
it erupted fast sudden and wild
attempts by the authorities
to play it down apparently
but the numbers quickly picked up
it overwhelmed the efforts
2020 a grave beginning!
(44 words)

A Free Verse:
10 of 12 given words:
lone lounge start check crystal blink
shimmer (shine with a soft, slightly wavering light)
still stone fix

a lone being in the lounge
making a start
to check her crystal ball

within a blink it came on strong
the shine shimmered
in the still of the morning
a discovery and clearly danger ahead
many lying on the streets and pavement
stoned and dying
reports of concern and despair
now in the limelight
it was racing fast from Wuhan
H1N1 and SARS were mild in comparison

and there are no fix-it vaccine
and no known cure at the moment
and the whole world at its mercy!

Apologies: Hank took the liberty
to pen an additional Free Verse to
emphasize the bad situation

Brenda's Sunday Whirl Wordle #440
Kim's at d'Verse - Quadrille #96 wild Monday


  1. Yes, the news is not good. Well said, Hank!

  2. I am afraid the numbers will increase Hank! 2020 is not starting out very good.

  3. In the end, only bacteria will be left. What might the common cold mutate into? It doesn’t bear thinking about! I like the snappy pun at the end, which reminds me of Tybalt’s speech in Romeo and Juliet ("Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man,")!

  4. the last line of the quadrille haunts me!!!! sooo good

  5. Hank this Corona virus is indeed frightening. Have a good week

    much love...

  6. That coronavirus could be the beginning of a problem.

  7. The nature is hitting back on humans.

  8. It is frightening to think there is a new virus out there with, perhaps, nothing to contain it.

  9. You just never know what's coming next.

  10. I wonder if this is really the big killer... it seems a little bit too tame for that... but it's scary.

  11. Yeah, sure having its way with mankind. Some virus is will be what gets us, not sure it will be this one though.

  12. It truly is terrifying how quickly something like this can spread.

  13. A very grave beginning to 2020 indeed. These things are always scary, makes me think of The Stand.

  14. Not good news Hank but you put the message over extremely well.


  15. It seems like new epidemics pop up regularly now. Well written on both, Hank.