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It arrived in total silence unobserved and in disguise crept deep-rooted undetected then it took us by surprise. Some declared coronavirus was no whirlwind, nor a blast; like most objects ‘made in China’ they assumed it would not last. Till it spread to every country like wild fire, beyond control causing havoc amongst thousands and the lives of many stole. Quarantine and isolation, panic, stress and bouts of fear; above all signs of depression, the way forward, dark, unclear. Now it’s time to stick together find the strength not to succumb to the foe, but with conviction we shall rise, we’ll overcome. - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - Placed 1st in Brian Strand's Pick 2 Contest (April 2020)

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Date: 5/7/2020 6:50:00 AM
A curse indeed Paul, they're on about lifting the lockdown yet there's talk of a second wave, God forbid. Stay safe Tom
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Date: 5/7/2020 8:43:00 AM
Hi Tom! I think that UK were too slow in reacting to the virus...and now it is too fast to ease things (considering that it has taken its toll more than in other European countries!) Here in Malta we have been sensible and people have cooperated...doing fine. Regards // paul
Date: 4/25/2020 12:12:00 PM
Very well articulated narrative for these worrisome times, Paul. I haven't read the other entries, but it doesn't surprise me that it came in first place. As a side note: While it certainly can't be helped (and I fall victim myself) I come to the Soup for some escapism... and after a long absence I come and see a lot of material on the Coronavirus and reality comes rushing back ... Lol! (I feel like those silly people that avoid drinking Corona beer simply because of the association! Oh well.)
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Date: 4/29/2020 3:04:00 PM
Thank you on all counts, Timothy. Unfortunately Coronavirus makes all the headlines, and Soup is no different! As you know, there is no escaping from reality! Regards // paul
Date: 4/25/2020 11:49:00 AM
Hello Paul, You have put it so well. I was just about to ask you how it's going with the corona crisis in your country, but I guess you have spoken for us all. Precise narrative. Bit of hilarity too
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Date: 4/28/2020 3:53:00 PM
You sum it up perfectly, Jesz! Thank you. Regards // paul
Date: 4/22/2020 8:08:00 PM
I think this is a great pandemic narrative that tells us all about what is happening. Love this Paul
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Date: 4/23/2020 5:25:00 PM
Many thanks, Lonna. Stay safe & best regards // paul
Date: 4/22/2020 12:39:00 PM
Congratulations Paul Callus. I like your name. This is one of the most beautiful poems I have read on COVID-19, like a product made in China, we definitely know it won't last. Stay home, don't go to Rome. And thanks for reading one of my poems too. God bless you my dear brother. Love and hugs!! You can send me an email gideonfoli7@gmail.com.
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Date: 4/23/2020 5:00:00 PM
Thank you, Gideon! Another Paul who came before me many years ago lost his head in Rome, so I'll take your advice and stay home! I'll keep your email address just in case I get shipwrecked on a Mediterranean island:) Best regards // paul
Date: 4/21/2020 6:02:00 PM
many congrats on your win, the pandemic is causing issues on a global scale, only time will tell how long we will be in lock down I love the uplifting ending to your superb poem:-) hugs jan xx
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Date: 4/23/2020 3:36:00 PM
Thank you, Jan. Over here new cases have slowed down...only 1 case in each of these last 2 days. Our health authorities are doing an excellent job, and many people are collaborating. Take care. Hugs // paul
Date: 4/20/2020 12:28:00 PM
My dear friend Paul, this is a very impressive write on the atrocious disease that the world is suffering at present. But, we'll rise and overcome it with conviction. Excellent poem my dear friend. Congratulations! Keep healthy and safe always. God bless.
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Date: 4/21/2020 10:02:00 AM
What a lovely surprise, dear Leonora! Thank you for a most pleasant visit. Take care and stay safe. Hugs & Blessings // paul
Date: 4/18/2020 12:23:00 AM
Paul, Aye, we're casting pearls before swine in these days. Let us come out the other end I pray. Juggernaut in Quatrain. -Richard
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Date: 4/18/2020 12:53:00 PM
Thank you for your feedback, Richard. Let's hope people will be a bit more patient so that we'll be able to beat this virus and get back to normal. Regards // paul
Date: 4/13/2020 5:24:00 PM
Simply brilliant! Our common unknown enemy...we will surely overcome. Let us all be safe and healthy.
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Date: 4/16/2020 5:01:00 PM
Thank you, JCB...your overall comments are truly appreciated. Take care...stay safe! Regards // paul
Date: 4/12/2020 5:53:00 PM
This is excellent Paul! Everyone is anxious to get back to work and not to be quarantined anymore. There must be millions praying, especially today. I hope you’re having a wonderful Easter. Take care my friend blessings Connie xxoo
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Date: 4/18/2020 12:46:00 PM
Thank you, Connie. I believe that with the arrival of warmer weather things will start to look better. To say the truth, I find so many things to do in the house, that not going out much does not bother me! Take care, my friend. /x/ paul
Date: 4/12/2020 12:33:00 PM
A excellent poem for the contest and one that the whole world is suffering from...
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Date: 4/16/2020 4:58:00 PM
Pleased to have you visit and comment, S-1...thank you. Regards // paul
Date: 4/11/2020 9:01:00 PM
Congratulations on your win, Paul. I think this poem nails it on the head. Wonderfully written. Stay safe and I hope all is well with you. JC Hawkens
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Date: 4/16/2020 4:46:00 PM
Thank you on all counts, my friend. May you too stay safe! Regards // paul
Date: 4/11/2020 5:50:00 AM
It arrived like a thief in the night Paul how sad it took us by surprise and no preparation could be put into motion ev en if only a little, but God helps those who help themselves. And we will all try our level best. You explain things as they happened Paul warm regards and hugs Jennifer
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Date: 4/11/2020 1:02:00 PM
Thank you, Jenny. I like your comment: "God helps those who help themselves." Praise goes to all health workers and others who are doing their best to deal with the pandemic. Warm regards & Hugs // paul
Date: 4/10/2020 10:34:00 PM
Paul, You write of a singularity that knew the depths of another day in this poem's refrain. 'It arrived in total silence unobserved and in disguise crept deep-rooted undetected then it took us by surprise.' As it was told in old ' "Ring around a rosie, a pocket full of posies. Ashes, ashes, we all fall down.' -Richard
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Date: 4/11/2020 12:59:00 PM
Thank you for your contribution, Richard. Hopefully we will not all fall down! ~ Happy Easter // paul
Date: 4/9/2020 2:54:00 PM
Yes, we will overcome, I hope for better changes to our way of living. I read a post yesterday where silly people take their gloves off and then through them on the ground. I too have seen that. When are people going to learn? Or, is it the way they live in their own homes? Happy Easter, Paul, and stay safe.
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Date: 4/10/2020 2:22:00 PM
Thank you, Eve...and yes, you make an important statement "I hope for better changes to our way of living." Without realizing it people are already making changes, but I hope they will continue long after the virus scare abates. ~ Happy Easter to you & your loved ones. Hugs // paul
Date: 4/9/2020 2:25:00 PM
Excellent write, as ever, my friend - love the strong final stanza
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Date: 4/10/2020 10:52:00 AM
Thank you, Jack. May you have a nice and safe weekend, my friend. // paul
Date: 4/9/2020 6:29:00 AM
We shall overcome...We shall overcome. It seems the worst of times bring out the best in humanity. Wonderful poem, dear Paul. Sincerely, Elaine George
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Date: 4/9/2020 8:25:00 AM
Hi Elaine! What a pleasant surprise having you drop by! Thank you. Hope you are being vigilant and staying safe. ~ Warm regards // paul
Date: 4/8/2020 8:21:00 PM
Hello Paul … eventually this enemy will be defeated and a vaccine found to win the war, but until then, we should isolate for our own safety. A very, very timely reminder is your verse Paul - stay safe - Lindsay
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Date: 4/9/2020 8:21:00 AM
Hi Lindsay; pleased to have you stopping by, and thank you for liking & commenting. Stay safe! // paul
Date: 4/8/2020 12:19:00 PM
- The beast, Corona - Together we will fight ... and together we will survive ... - We must listen to official information from the health authorities regarding prevention - Take care and stay healthy, Paul - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 4/8/2020 3:34:00 PM
Thank you, Anne-Lise:) The best cure is prevention. Yes, we have to make a sacrifice and act sensibly. Hope you are keeping safe! Hugs // paul
Date: 4/7/2020 7:52:00 PM
Powerful write and message. Love the touch of humor and hope within. Well done! Congrats on your top win Paul. Hugs
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Date: 4/8/2020 3:48:00 PM
Thank you for the lovely, insightful feedback and congrats, Cecilia. Hope you are keeping well! Hugs // paul
Date: 4/7/2020 9:55:00 AM
my beautiful, I pray we will both remember each other for a long time still, Thank you for your kind support and being such a loyal friend, May God bless you and keep you safe always xo
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Date: 4/7/2020 10:14:00 AM
Thank you my dear friend Vienna. I willingly echo your beautiful words. Stay safe and God bless you and your family. /x/ paul
Date: 4/6/2020 7:21:00 PM
excellent write Paul.. you have captured the picture perfectly, the fears, the emotions the thoughts, wonderful... congratulations on your win... stay safe, hugs and blessings!
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Date: 4/7/2020 8:31:00 AM
Thank you very much for your insightful feedback, Sandra. Pleased to be sharing top spot with you:) Hugs & Blessings // paul
Date: 4/6/2020 4:23:00 PM
excellent verse on how this has damaged society! Funny line about made in China!! Trump enjoys referring to it as Chinese flu, maybe because he wants China to look like a bad culprit in the world. It could have begun anywhere (and the conspiracy theories about it are abounding)
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Date: 4/7/2020 8:44:00 AM
Thank you, Andrea. I tried to insert a slight touch of humour to lighten up this very serious topic...after all, somebody's first reaction to the virus was that it was 'fake news'! Regards // paul
Date: 4/6/2020 3:27:00 PM
Now is the time to do all we can to curve this beast, thank you for sharing such a wonderful poem with me, stay healthy and safe xo
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Date: 4/7/2020 8:54:00 AM
Thank you so much, Vienna. Now is the time to show that humanity is not hate, greed and war....loving and helping others our neighbour is much more important. Regards /x/ paul
Date: 4/6/2020 3:22:00 PM
The beat... the flow... the message... thanks for sharing this.
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Date: 4/7/2020 8:57:00 AM
You touched on three very important points, Eileen...thank you! Hope you are keeping well and safe. Hugs // paul
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