A Poem by Scott De Buitléir

A reflection on being healthy and safe during the pandemic.


We are uneasy, living
in such mundane luxury as this:

The privilege of stasis,
waiting on the last to die
like the first-born sons of Egypt
while we at home watch dust build
over dust, ashes to ashes.

We, rich 

- for now -

in hygiene and health
know not the pain of that final Facetime,
a window without closure,
yet we’re all in this together.

While heretics sacrifice
humanity to false gods,
not in search of promised land
but to maim our immortal soul
and take from us our hope and love

And yet, throughout, we faithful pray
for salvation, sought in how we stay
and wait for the glory of a warm embrace.

Cork, 1 February 2021

© 2021 Scott De Buitléir

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In the stillness, one either lose his brain or raise his consciousnesses, some people like isolation, some do not, I never read a prayer as unique as this, bringing together faith and science, soul and mind, You choose some of your words really carefully, there is a hidden message You wanted to deliver through them, a war between good and evil that was there since ever, now taking another rough ride.

Hi there Scott, I hope the last year was smooth and easy on You. Thank You for sharing your prayer for humanity.

Posted 2 Months Ago

Scott De Buitléir

2 Months Ago

Thank you so much for the lovely review! This poem was written during lockdown when we were meant to.. read more

2 Months Ago

yes I noticed that it was about the lock down, when it comes to everything that happened/still happe.. read more

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Added on February 2, 2021
Last Updated on February 2, 2021
Tags: lockdown, covid-19, shelter in place, stay at home, protests, death, health, pandemic


Scott De Buitléir
Scott De Buitléir

Cork, Ireland

Hello! I write poetry on a range of themes, from identity to relationships, and from languages to LGBTQ history. I use Writer's Café to publish new poetry, but I also have some books publis.. more..