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Hurray to Humans!

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I wonder what they see!

I wonder if there are Cosmic Beings with Elysian seeing peering at the batch on this lonely patch called Earth, who watch as we hatch a response to match a microscopic assailant trying to snatch our lives.

I wonder what they see.

I wonder what they think, if at all they have mental click.

Are they peering and jeering, mocking us, clucking as our fervid fear of Covid-19 heightens?

Are they blocking us, locking out any hint of breakthrough, if they have such power?

Or will they shower with blessing our hours of stressing and guessing, if they have such power?

Do they marvel that we won’t unravel, but have gaveled ourselves into action; that we – a mutable race in an inscrutable space – have risen to the challenge of the corona savage and are going after the virus with zeal that’s pious?

We are confronting this viral villain with science and defiance, with songs from our lungs, with prayers and antiseptic slayers, with poetry and a clattery of incantations, even with intestinal mockery despite our stuttering lamentations and our tottering trepidations.

Facing a virus with alluring imagery but utter savagery, we humans are showing fearful bravery, rejecting slavery to an enemy too tricky and too sneaky to show itself except in microscopic manifestation.

Cheers to us humans, wailing and flailing, but even in our failing still able to play as we seek to slay this enemy assailing our lives, unseen, a stranger now grown into a full-blown danger.

Cheers to us humans, on our own in a forgotten planet – first begotten as a celestial target, a magnet for varied assailants – but determined to dominate this precarious habitation, with or without the munificence of the gods.

Hurray to us humans!

Audio version of Hurray to Humans

March 27, 2020

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