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The Mask

When thieves at night

Wear the mask,

They rob us.

They threaten our lives,

Then rob us.

They sometimes take

Our lives with them.

When a deadly disease

Declared a pandemic

Came overnight,

It robbed the world

In a day,

Snatching lives into

Its mighty pocket.

It continues to rob us

Waving from one end

Of the globe to another.

It came the first time,

The second, the third.

We are forced to dress 

Like thieves wearing

The mask in broad daylight

In banks, in shops, at home.

The most wanted criminal

Is in one place and in all places,

So in our masks we blend in

To survive, to live.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.