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I wrote this last night (8th August 2014) and finished it this morning. Last night the President of Nigeria, declared a National State of Emergency. The World Helath ORganisation had earlier in the day declared an International health emergency. 

There are many millions of people who live here. Many cannot run away. People from outside the country need to come here to work. In my opinion the world cannot come to a grinding halt by doing nothing. 

This poem is my PERSONAL perspective. Bulletins from companies, health bodies and governments are being distributed. Awareness is at a high that I have not experienced before. These are early days yet. I am confident that, once again, this outbreak will be contained and the spread contained. 

I for one have hope, coupled with my own preventative measures. People from all walks of life will also deal with it as they can and their own awareness and knowledge increases.



August in twenty fourteen
A sign of death upon the screen
West Africa - Liberia, 
Sierra Leone - now Nigeria

A swathe of death - a swift nasty one
Sweeps through these lands killing one by one
Who knows where this invisible curse
Will strike or if it will get worse

(EVD) - Ebola virus disease 
Ravaged through these 4 countries
And soon it spread and people died
Like flies in houses and at the roadside

Alerts are bounding around the world
As the death count starts to unfurl
These modern times - digital age
Everyone can see the news presage

Up to date. NOW we see
Morbidly watching the catastrophe
As countries declare States of Emergency
Life goes on for millions and me

Before I even set out for Nigeria
There were stories of this Ebola
“Another black death, the modern plague,”
Mentioned in words without being vague

Before we all roll over or throw up our hands
Crying “God’s wrath threatens our lands”
Remember this thing’s been around before
In ’76 it first came to the fore
What it is and what the end result
Is for us all to prevent tumult  
Personal cleanliness, care, hygiene 
Can kill this silent killer unseen

We cannot encase ourselves in glass
Or stop walking in cities or on fields of grass
Life must go on - these things be fought
And not roll over and let it take its course.

So yes, we should all be alarmed
But let ourselves be duly armed
Observe and listen to what should be done
And we can stay safe – almost everyone.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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Date: 9/9/2014 9:38:00 AM
Tom..very well written, I can feel the frustration in your words...for years these people have lived in the same manner as their forefathers, then outsiders enter their world and all changes...tis' sad... your writes are very prolific.
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Thomas Mansfield
Date: 9/9/2014 1:53:00 PM
Hi and thanks for your words KJ. Unfortunately for Nigeria the disease was brought in and spread by supposedly educated men. First a man flew to Lagos airport from Liberia, dying there. Nigerian authorities successfully contained it to ONE case only, until some IDIOT diplomat, flew from Lagos to Port Harcourt and was treated privately by a doctor who died. Irresponsibility, not ignorance caused the spread there. It is so annoying.
Date: 8/31/2014 6:06:00 PM
- So true ..... heard on the news tonight that Sweden thought they had received one person who had been infected - .... but as you say: "We can not encase ourselves in glass" - Well written Thomas. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 8/29/2014 12:14:00 PM
Yes , I agree, powerful, talented writer :)
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Date: 8/27/2014 10:08:00 AM
Powerful writer and truth uv told,,blessd
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charlene bole
Date: 8/27/2014 12:36:00 PM
True,,prayers,,thnks to God,,yu nva know wea it cn hit.
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Thomas Mansfield
Date: 8/27/2014 10:28:00 AM
Thank you for your lovely words Charlene. At the time of reading this I have just found out that the virus seems to have been contained in Nigeria, with only one case laft being treated. 6 were discharged after observation. Let's hope and pray that this thing is soon fought and defeated.
Date: 8/22/2014 6:18:00 PM
Talent yeah that's what I SAW
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