A Chapter by Dave Brown


India’s holy river, the Ganges

Worshiped by a whole nation

Has now taken on a grizzly task

That of covid transportation


Along the banks of the Ganges

More bodies litter every day

Mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers

And babies that will no longer play


Thousands of deaths each day

A health system unable to cope

Instead of getting a firm foothold

They are sliding a slippery slope


What else to do with bodies that infect

That question had a terrible reply

With no other answer for so many

Into the river go too many who die


Are the worlds great rivers no longer

Synonymous with life’s fresh breath

And instead are too often becoming

Flowing conduits of terrible death



© 2021 Dave Brown

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Have been to see the Ganges when it was calm and spiritual candles floating by to remember the dead; occasionally a body floated by too, but not the way it is happening now; but there is much choice here, they don't have cemeteries like we do, and many of them are buried in their own back yards, some are still burned in special ceremonies. I like the rhyme and the content, very relevant.
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Dave Brown

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Betty Hermelee

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Indeed they are; so many myths and spirits and caste appropriate behaviors; fascinating country, but.. read more
Unfortunately many countries are not able to get ahold on this pandemic being overwhelmed and taxing their medical systems to the extreme. It is a sad reality.

This poem captures the huge impact COVID has had on many people. It is a reminder of how lucky we are to live in the places that we do.

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Dave Brown

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I reflect on that daily

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