Ebola in Motion


The bleeding has no bias
From the Congo to Dallas
The days of waiting, the Fever-soar
The African corpses were out

Of view, from the World’s eyes
If a sneeze can defile
Ebola can ride airplanes
Traverse Seas, all through

Your plastic gloves, your pores
Contagious still with death
Your fear may taste the curse
A thousand dead more, a common ache

The bleeding has no bias
Jesus will not bring you back from the Dead
We have to walk through Hell alone
They say, I have no more words

The bleeding has no bias
No funding, or protocol that works
The virus rages on, splitting old scars
Of what it means to be from the

Old continent, of what it means to be black
And the coughing up of more blood
Where paranoia and fear are conditions
As common as kindness and hospitality here

The panic of believing a silent enemy
Can catch you without you knowing
These are the days of waiting
These are when the numbers soar.


Further Reading:

1. http://www.haaretz.com/news/world/1.620694
2. http://theantimedia.org/cdc-admits-ebola-airborne/
3. http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/13/health/ebola-cdc/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

12 thoughts on “Ebola in Motion

  1. Well, yesterday after reading your powerful Autumn poem and talking with you about your father, I wrote a poem as I have a few friends with cancer currently.
    And your above poem inspired a title for a poem I had already written.
    So thank you for your poetry.

    • Contagious by air droplets within 3 feet is not technically airborne, but with exponential growth in any one area on Earth, it’s likely to spread easily to urban centers.

      • I think that masks on airplanes would be sensible, but airborne would have meant quarentining everyone on the planes. Also the spread would have been faster and worse.

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