The collective sigh

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The housebound inhabitants

from all cultures, creeds and colours

on this fatigued and fractured earth

heave a collective sigh

 

It whispers down the silent streets

past the well-worn and once-busy

finding this pad-locked planet

altered and estranged

 

The people ponder this world

and its assumed truths; unraveling

from their sacred, secret position

into the realms of history texts

 

Abrupt reversals of connectivity;

this physically distanced world

quieted under plane-less skies

breathes a newly tasted connection

 

Of separateness

Of shared sadness

Of waiting

Of the un-knowing,

of what is to come.

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