Wednesday, April 1, 2020




“Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub frequently and not touching your face.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments.” ------ World Health Organization

This is the most unfortunate time in recent history of human civilization to begin an editorial of an international monthly web journal with the introduction of a notice issued by World Health Organization. The world is striving hard to combat the most infectious disease human civilization has ever encountered.

None of us is safe. The disease may infect anyone anytime anywhere. Nobody knows who and when and where. People are hiding from the virus everywhere. Get locked in their own homes. The usual course of our everyday-life has changed dramatically everywhere. People are afraid to meet anyone outside. Streets are deserted. It seems to be the setting of a horror movie. Almost everything is closed down to a halt. Nobody knows for how many days or even months. Every day the number of infected people is increasing by leaps and bound. The death tolls are mounting high enough to make everyone alarmed and afraid. The economy is crashing down in most countries. Which will most likely be followed by starvation, famine and more deaths. So, at present we are in a mess. The most difficult situation after the end of World War II. The most hovering question is, who will be the next victim of Corona Virus COVID 19.

The topic of the year 2020! All the other news has been side-lined by COVID 19. We don’t know how the world will overcome this pandemic. And when! But we can foresee thousands of people will never see the morning sun again. As yet, we have lost about thirty thousand valuable lives around the world. Even most specialized doctors and nurses have lost their lives in the battle against corona virus. And the tragedy is still looming large even after almost three months since its first strike.

One can only hope to remain safe at home locked down and isolated from the social community. But this cannot work for an infinite period of time. People have to go out to buy food grain and other essential commodities to carry on living. Again, the risk of getting infected with COVID 19 is much higher when stepping outside of home. So, either one can remain safe from the corona virus by isolation and has to starve and die inside the protection of one's own home, or one has to take the risk of getting infected by this deadly virus by stepping out of home to buy essential commodities and food. Either way death can overcome us.

When death is knocking at your door, what will you do? Will you go on with your usual schedule of everyday life? Obviously not. We will certainly try our best to fight and remain alive till our last breath, which is what we are actually doing right now in our individual capacities. I am not sure whether it is the proper time to publish any literary journal right now. But, as the editor and publisher of Our Poetry Archive, one of the most talked about international monthly web journals of the present day, I feel it is my duty to publish this April number according to the scheduled time. I also hope that many of you, as regular readers and poets of OPA, will take time to flip through the journal especially now when we all should try to keep up a certain level of normality and seek support and comfort in poetry among other things.

Yes, it is a most tragic time in our recent history. People are fighting against this dangerous disease around the world. It is therefore a special challenge for OPA to publish the first issue of the sixth year of Our Poetry Archive. It is not an easy task to publish a web journal every month right on time. But we have done it every month since April 2015 with precision. It has been possible only due to the poets who have provided their unconditional support and thanks to the readers worldwide, who have made the journal so popular internationally. We remain obliged to our readers and poets. As the founder editor, I would also like to thank all my colleagues of the editorial desk who have lent their unconditional support round the clock and helped to carry on with each and every publication month after month.

I would like to conclude this editorial note with few reflections on this worldwide pandemic. Let us first assume this is a natural phenomenon. If that is true, then we should consider this pandemic as a wake-up call for mankind. Through science and technological breakthroughs, we have damaged our mother nature beyond imagination. Our everyday life is hurting nature a great deal. It is high time to become aware of this fact. The Global Warming has reached an all-time high, which is the root of many recent natural disorders. We should also keep in mind that the random use of deadly missiles on a massive scale has also harmed the ecosystem of the world. We have also destroyed the ecological balance through exercising our pride and power of questionable technological innovations. And if we are not ready to acknowledge our own wrong doings, we will certainly live in fool’s paradise. Nature will not spare us forever. It will strike back in numerous ways and forms, which will demolish our pseudo paradise to the ground. If we don't learn the lesson now, it will possibly be too late to save mankind in our beloved world.

If, on the contrary, COVID 19 is a man-made virus, as many people assume, then we should be aware that we are heading towards our suicidal end. Provided that it is a true fact that the biggest pharmaceutical industries are involved in a sinister plot of making huge profit through selling vaccines against COVID 19, which after all may be their own invention, then we would have the scenario of the world turned into a ghetto where we are mere pawns of capital. Let’s hope this is not true, otherwise nature will take its revenge soon. And nobody will remain safe, not even the deadly and evil monsters who might have plotted this pandemic.

Summing up, in either case the post COVID 19 world will never be the same. Our social structures and community standards will surely be affected beyond imagination. Whenever will step outside our homes, we will be afraid of contact with our fellow beings. This will drastically affect the human relationships. Nobody will feel safe among others. Can you imagine the impact of this behaviour in our everyday life? The post COVID 19 era may take a sharp turn from the traditional human history. Today we can only hope that these are just today's premonitions and that tomorrow we will wake up to a better, rejuvenated humanity.
*Edited By Aprilia Zank

From The Editorial Desk



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