Here is a taste of lockdown from my friend Rose in Lima.
As the country reels from increasing cases, Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra announced that Peru’s state of emergency and quarantine measures will remain in effect until the end of June.
Lima, Peru, 29 April 2020, COVID-19 Lock-up
by Rose Mary Boehm
These bars surprised me when we bought
the flat. Hated living behind bars.
But most people in the days of the terror
lived behind bars, and soon they
made me feel safe
in Lima, the town of thieves.
Coronavirus, and the bars are no longer
in place to keep out, but to keep in.
How many weeks has it been?
Too many, too few… It’ll be a while
yet. There are those who don’t believe.
Who defy the orders, authorities
who can be bought, too many who
drink, dance and make merry,
too many who die.
A conspiracy of death. The elderly, the young,
the black, the white, the gay, the poor, the evil,
the out of work, the workers,
And we have become prisoners
of reason and of fear.
The front door opens,
the gateway to…
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