beyond these walls

hard to sense
beyond these walls
this nation—
an invisibility

seeded by a tiny dragon
threatens a global community
united but carefully separated
so we may not unwittingly
shed the viral nuclei
in breath
by touch
an uncaught sneeze

in spiralling numbers
we grow sick
fill hospitals and morgues
so many grieved
by those who cannot meet
to honour those they mourn

a blessed majority
most of us will make it through
give meaning to their sacrifice

how will we seed a world
where our indices lack acronyms
or bear and bull markets?
where our wealth is not confined
to a dwindling few—
the apocryphal eight in the minibus
who may profit even now

can relentlessness of financial growth
now be seen as cancerous?
unlike the unchecked growth of plants
though finite
it has been curtailed so much of late
we could welcome
exponential growth
in that green realm

and love and creativity?
those limitless capacities
possessed by human beings
we need some deep investment
by entrepreneurs in their billions
with true courage
strong hearts
and very little in their pockets

let’s heed what
the Earth pronounces
on this long-awaited in-breath
she rests grateful if exhausted
no longer circled so persistently
by flying tubes of seekers
destined to keep travelling
until all our needs are sated
the holds filled with goods
we could not live without

she’s feeling the relief
as less whirring wheels
parade her shielded surfaces
their enchanted drivers
lost in the dream of escape
or chained to the daily grind

let’s listen
resting in place
staying at home
closed up
locked down
eyes open
hearts wakeful
as tender and as strong
as midwives to the unknown future
longing to be born

Tanya Coburn

4 thoughts on “beyond these walls”

  1. Thank you Tanya Clare.. beautiful, I am glad you are sharing your writing.. I read from a review recently we are both “acting as hospice workers to a dying culture & midwives to the new.” I feel we may be midwives to the new only to those who are also aware. The need to help conceive the reality of the new, is quite a task, when fear and self interest clouds an opening in perception. It is heartening to be linked over the world with others of like mind. Enjoy these sunny warm days.. much lovem, evexx


    1. Yes, let’s attend with palliative care to the culture that’s leaving and grieve what is lost while we develop what is needed to welcome the new. I’m trusting that this time we can forge a network strong enough to hold what is waiting to come. Love to you, Eve, much love

  2. You have nailed it Tanya. Very beautiful and prophetic.
    Alas I hope humans can learn from this viral nuclei, but history tells us we have short memories.
    Steiner had some interesting insights into what a virus is and why they emerge when they do.

    Liana x

    1. Thanks, Liana. Yes, let’s trust we can build a strong enough network that can move beyond our short memories…
      And I’ve been following some of Steiner’s insights – very helpful!
      x Tanya

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