The powerful and the wealthy are fleeing the Covid catastrophe that has seized the country… away from the scenes of gut-wrenching pathos. And while they, who could have helped fly away, it is the commonest of the commons who are reaching out, running around, and helping the gasping to draw in the next breath.

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 94 is considered one of the most challenging and ambiguous of all the Sonnets. But when read with a view to what’s happening around us today, you will understand what he wrote.

“They that have power to hurt, and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow …”

And in an ode to the Master of Words is my limerick… Power.


They / the rich and wealthy / holding power untold
They / who run the world / with all their silver and gold
Have hearts of steel /
But not the strength to feel /
Their souls / they have / to the devil sold /

Jyotsna Atre

This post is a part of the Blogchatter A2Z challenge

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