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Poetry: Extended Lockdown, Poorest of the Poor, Homebased Work

I am lover of poetry and this is my passion. I am a librarian by profession as well.

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Few days before the end of the scheduled lockdown

Different news and suggestions coming into town

The extension of a possible another lockdown

To flatten the curve or make the numbers go down.

What numbers are we waiting for?

Is it the numbers of COVID-19 patients knocking in the hospitals door?

Or the numbers of COVID-19 victims dying in the cemetery floor?

Or the numbers of COVID-19 recoveries moving out and get roar?

During the extended lockdown, what we are going to experience?

A tons of promises coming from the government expense,

A millions of comments from the social medias dispense,

And a trillion of nanomytes spreading in the airborne presence.

During the extended lockdown, are we safe enough to stay at home?

From the unseen enemy touching our clothes and flying airborne.

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Transferring from one another to another even the unborn.

If we are not ready to fight against the unseen enemy to reborn.

What is the essence of the proposal of the extended lockdown?

What are the needs to do in preparation not to make us down?

To fight for the glory of the country to see the new dawn,

Few days before the end of the scheduled lockdown.

- Luis G. Asuncion (6April2020 = 9:20pm)



As I am writing this poem as issue of the lockdown

Some of it catches my attention and write it down

About social media reactions that is spreading along the downtown,

The government system with the poor and the poorest in the town.

Before the COVID-19 spreads out the country,

More people are working hard to have food in their pantry,

Some people are just waiting from the government help in pastry,

To feed their family for doing nothing because they are poor with pleasantry.

And the COVID-19 spreads out, forced the country in quarantine,

The people whom working hard before had no food for their intestine,

Checking all the possible help of the government in the Palestine,

Praying so hard when to end the month-long community quarantine.

During the COVID-19 spreads out, the poorest of the poor,

Became more happy and happier with lots of help in the floor,

Receiving food and cash support from public and private sector,

Smiling always and just waiting to be fed for nothing encore.

- Luis G. Asuncion (6April2020 = 9:43pm)


Who can support in our gloomy days?

When we have no work no pays?

Who can object our dashing hays?

When we are in staying at home for a decay?

Who can be hard-boiled in our longest ways?

When we are doing nothing to run those crazy ways?

Who can live in the sunset with promise pays?

When we are dying the old passion praise?

The hopeless days keeping our faith

To stand with passion with no food in the plate

To extent my gloominess to shoot down the saint

While thinking the words to work as a break

In order to check for the next food in stain

That questions our existence in the Da Vinci’s paint

To lower than our knees for the sake of thy family and faint

To cry our loud for the goodness of nothing like a villain.

The modish hays to our drunken glory

To work at home to receive a dowry

To stretch in the altitude with promises to have no worry

That no questions in our life to wait for promises and sorry

But still the prize of the government support is now in worry

Where to blend the few pieces of rice in the entry

That blocks the support with benevolent pleasantry

With warmth promises in the above of masonry.

The promise pays with have a new day

To reach a new ambition to cloying with no delay

With no questions to drawback the love, I say

To give respect to someone with no decay.

Every hopeless days, I will unfashionably hays

To reach my happiness to work the fight within the day

I can still make my day to win the light in any either way

To win the farthermost ways to hit the commitment pays.

- Luis G. Asuncion (09April2020 = 7:31am)


I do not know, what will be my emotions, during the more than a month of no work no pay. Where to get my family's food to eat? The Luzon Lockdown in the Philippines extended until April 30, 2020, in which May 1, 2020 (Friday) is in Labor Day, still no work to report. May 4, 2020 will be the possible reporting of work, I hope so. I do not know, how to handle this crisis.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Luis G Asuncion


Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on April 29, 2020:

Glad to see you here Mr Bernido. Stay safe always and God bless you.

Ryan Bernido Network from Manila, Philippines on April 27, 2020:

Thanks for this article sir Luis. In Albay, ECQ is still extended.

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on April 10, 2020:

We are already ending in our first lockdown. The extended lockdown will start on Monday up to April 30. And looking forward, not to extend another weeks.

Readerface from USA on April 10, 2020:

Thanks, for this

in our area we are lockdown last 20 days, and thing It will increase

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on April 10, 2020:

Hoping you're not affected in your area. Stay safe.

Readerface from USA on April 10, 2020:

Such an awesome Poetry, it's helpful for us in lockdown

Luis G Asuncion (author) from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on April 09, 2020:

Yes, Pamela, job is tough right now. I agree with you DreamerMeg that there is a news here that who breaks the rule will be shoot. My pocket is extremely not happy anymore Mitara. I just want to share my experiences here thru poetry to release my emotions, Liz. Stay safe, everyone.

Mitara N from South Africa on April 09, 2020:

It is extremely difficult times especially on the pocket, the lockdown has been extended for us too, so many red tapes but nothing that helps the average household. Bills still need to be paid, no actual support. I share your emotions.

Please find the strength to hang in there, I am with the hope that everything will work out positively, keep the faith.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 09, 2020:

Thanks for sharing your experiences through your poetry. I am so sorry to hear how hard things are for you.

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on April 09, 2020:

I am so sorry to hear how hard it is in the Philippines. Did you manage to get back home? And I hear that the police are allowed to shoot people who break the "stay home" rules!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 09, 2020:

Having to job to go to is obviously tough. I hope new numbers will show that fewer people have this virus so we can go back to our normal lives.

I do like your poetry and it says a lot about the time that we now live in and I sure hope life gets simpler for you anf your family. Stay safe and healthy.

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