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April 15, 2024

Dear 2020, What's My Quote of the Year?

By Ndaba Sibanda

Dear 2020, What's My Quote of the Year?

A year that has socially alienated us, a year
that has mobilised and demobilised us through
quarantines, a year that has not only confused
the entire humanity but has also confined it

We have learned lessons on physical, social,
emotional, mental impacts of the virus, about
resilience and self-love, about being productive
and positive, about precautions and protocols

We have lost loved ones, professions, prospects;
but recovered the ultimate love, a love for life,
a love for humanity, a love for a better world,
we have revived the need to mop up the virus

A year that has been financially challenging
for individuals, institutions, families and nations,
A year that has reminded us of the significance
of keeping safe, healthy, in touch and hoping

A year that seen my writing career pick up,
A year in which teachers learned to teach
outside the box while students and parents
turned their homes into virtual classrooms

A year characterised by a series of arguments
and counterarguments, controversies and theories;
In areas of high exposure, queries on whether
to mask up, have a lockdown or not, shot up

A year that has been more riotous than
any of us could have fathomed or imagined,
Dear 2020 when I said, "can this get worse?"
it was a rhetorical question, not a contest!

Dear 2020, guess what my quote of the year is?
It's not "2020 you have been unlike any other
we have experienced". It's "Thou shalt not covid
thy neighbor's life, wear a mask" by Arianna!

Article © Ndaba Sibanda. All rights reserved.
Published on 2021-01-18
Image(s) are public domain.
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