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Shrikrishna Bhave



Shrikrishna Bhave


Corona Warriors - The Dragon Slayers

Corona Warriors - The Dragon Slayers

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An Ode to All the Corona Warriors who came in different forms – Doctors, Nurses, Hospital and Testing staff, Municipal Workers, Drivers, Delivery boys and girls and others who braved the deadly pandemic to keep us safe within our homes. Though I have written the verse alluding to warriors in the female form as ‘nightingale’ – it encompasses every warrior of whichever gender !

Corona Warriors – The Dragon Slayers 

Entered the spiky monster from the shadowy netherworld 

Riding on the back of a sinister bat and batman, Catching the monarchs, monks and ministers in slumber 

Woke they up, some in the arrogance of their invincibility, Others wiser but unsure of their means and ability 

Some took to the mic with shrill rhetoric of power And some went to the balcony with tong and hammer, Even as the demon kept felling the kings and tramps without even a tremor 

But beyond all this, rose ‘she’, though not of Florence, the ‘nightingale’ 

Without an armour and a shield, Only on wings of her courage – bounden to serve, For her sacred deeds, made of steel nerves 

As the spiky one started baring its teeth, scary and violent, She rose to fight him armed only with grit and intent 

He became fiercer, testing her patience and pain with injury, But she had sized him up, and now unleashed her wrath and fury 

Like Durga who had had enough, she ripped into the brigand, To dent and blunt the spikes – almost felling the fiend 

As he tries to twist and turn to a new form and body at his whim, She is now ready with an arsenal of antibody to tear into him 

The diabolical demon will soon be demolished by science, But also by her valour, sacrifice and pre-science. 

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