Pandemic Poems

Published: April 2020

Poems About The COVID-19 Pandemic

24 Poems About The COVID-19 Pandemic

The world is facing an unprecedented health crisis. COVID-19 has spread across the globe, bringing with it sickness, death, uncertainty, anxiety, and economic upheaval. The world has stopped like never before. Businesses are closed, and schools have moved to online platforms. Social distancing is the norm, and no one knows when the end of the virus will come. Living in the midst of incredible uncertainty takes its toll on people. But may we use this time to focus on the most important things and slow down in a way we’ve never been forced to do before. 

Daily life looks very different, and this pandemic has impacted everybody in some way. You are not alone in what you are facing. The fears that rise to the surface are felt by billions of people around the world. We are all in this together. Even though the storm is raging right now, famous poet Maya Angelou once said, “Every storm runs out of rain.”

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    Struggling during the current Coronavirus pandemic, I wanted to write something that urged me to keep positive. It is important for me/us to remember the world keeps moving, I hope it can help others.

    Look For The Blossom

    • By Jessica Bryan
    • Published: April 2020
    Positivity During Covid-19 Pandemic

    in Hope Poems

    The blossom will always grow.
    The seasons will always change.
    People come and go,
    Their shadows comforting and strange.

    The flowers will always bloom
    Once the darkness subsides.
    When every corner is filled with gloom,
    Remember the sun just hides.

    Brighter days will follow.
    Earth will keep moving.
    Look for the brighter color.
    Help lift the darkness looming.

    Breathe in the air around us.
    Close your eyes for a minute's rest.
    Live life for those who guided us,
    For this moment is just a test.

    You will get stronger.
    Days will get longer.
    Hope will flourish,
    Memories to cherish.

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    At 8:00pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020, people across the whole of the U.K. stood at their windows or stepped outside their homes to applaud the National Health Staff who are working so hard in difficult conditions to care for those suffering from the Coronavirus.

    Coronavirus - Have You Seen

    Poem Thanking Doctors And Nurses

    in Current Events Poems

    Have you seen the doctors who hardly get to sleep?
    From sad weary eyes, silent tears they weep.
    They're battling to save hundreds of lives,
    Yet see so many dying right before their eyes.

    Have you seen the nurses, tired and worn,
    Just come from doing many hours on the wards?
    Have you seen them out, walking on lonely streets
    Searching empty shelves, for nourishing food to eat?

    Have you seen domestics, putting safety first
    Keeping hospitals clean, fighting off the germs?
    Bravely they go into infectious wards,
    Never thinking of themselves, no not at all.

    Have you seen the porters, down on their heels,
    Walking many miles, pushing many wheels?
    We must respect this valued band of women and men.
    Though they go unnoticed, we can't do without them.

    Have you seen the caterers, keeping all folk fed?
    The staff and the patients lying in their beds.
    Such an important part to play in someone's health,
    A role that couldn't be compared to any amount of wealth.

    A great big thank to all National Health Staff
    To every volunteer coming forward like they have.
    You all have a part of our hearts, are in every prayer we make.
    May God bless you all, keeping you well and safe.

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    I wrote this poem about my hair during quarantine. I didn't leave the house for weeks, and my hair was looking like a jungle!

    There's A Jungle On My Head

    • By Tony Zhou
    • Published: June 2020
    My Hair In Quarantine

    in Poems by Kids

    There's a jungle on my head.
    My hair's gone absolutely wild.
    It looks like the Amazon rainforest.
    I really don't like this style.

    It's been ages since I saw a barber.
    I've been stuck at home for weeks.
    My hair is like a thicket;
    I think it's growing weeds.

    There is a jungle on my head;
    it feels untamed and beastly.
    I think a tiger lives in there;
    getting him out won't be easy.

    There is a forest on my head.
    It's getting kind of funky.
    Animals swing from the vines to and fro;
    I think my head has monkeys.

    Snakes are in the undergrowth.
    They slither and hiss and slide.
    I think they must be huge,
    At least four inches wide.

    Next time I see a barber,
    I hope he has a machete.
    He'll have to cut right through my jungle.
    I look just like a Yeti!

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    I'm a tutor, and I'm looking for great examples of poetry written by kids. This is perfect! It's timely, playful, and totally relatable. Well done!

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    Accept a challenge of togetherness in these anxious times! Here we sit, ripped from our daily norms, patterns, routines... thrust into a viral quarantine. We are separated yet also bonded, as is the unique case in times of world and community crisis. Perhaps each evening, for the smallest amount of time, we join together in our solitude - a moment to pause, to reflect, and yes, to smile.

    Together In Solitude: The Challenge

    • By Jennifer N. Evensen
    • Published: March 2020
    Poem Offering Comfort For Coronavirus Anxiety

    in Current Events Poems

    If you're anxious that all have been asked to stay home,
    Take comfort in knowing you are not alone.

    Tonight at 8, wherever you are,
    Gaze up at the sky and pick out a star.

    A moment alone or with people you love,
    We all share the beautiful sky high above.

    Take 30 seconds, be still in your mind;
    Reflect on a happy, most memorable time.

    The littlest things can give hearts a lift;
    If we pause, take a moment, and cherish our gifts.

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    I used to write poems when I was in school, mainly about unrequited love. I occasionally write them these days. Sometimes it just happens. I get a surge of inspiration. That's what's happened yesterday. I got that surge of inspiration and wrote the poem in less than 30 minutes. It's very personal to me. I have sent the poem to family and friends.

    Feeling

    • By Sandra A. McShane
    • Published: April 2020
    Feelings Of Dealing With COVID-19

    in Current Events Poems

    I don't know how I'm feeling.
    I think I feel all right.
    I'm busy doing nothing
    From morning until night. 

    I don't know how I'm feeling.
    I left the house today.
    I went to do some shopping.
    I sang along the way.

    I don't know how I'm feeling.
    I gave the bags to mom.
    We smiled and laughed and she was fine.
    Then I went back home. 

    I don't know how I'm feeling.
    Today I'm not too sure.
    The numbers keep on climbing.
    Will they find a cure?

    I don't know how I'm feeling.
    I just don't need this stuff.
    Some cake and wine and chocolate,
    But boy this thing is tough. 

    I don't know how I'm feeling
    When I stand and clap so loud.
    So grateful, happy and so sad
    In the isolated crowd. 

    I don't know how I'm feeling.
    When will that dream job come?
    I'm optimistic, hopeful,
    And luckier than some. 

    I don't know how I'm feeling.
    I saw the news today
    But only very briefly.
    Why won't it go away? 

    I don't know how I'm feeling.
    I don't know if I'm sad.
    My friends and family, they're all fine.
    For that I am so glad. 

    I don't know how I'm feeling,
    But this I know is true.
    We're all in this together.
    It's me and them and you. 

    Do you know how you're feeling?
    You know that it's okay
    To sit and cry and wonder,
    To want a better day. 

    Let's just hold this feeling
    Of love, of light, of hope.
    Let's relish all the quiet.
    Be proud of how you cope. 

    I don't know how I'm feeling.
    I think I want to cry.
    I don't - I make a coffee
    And stare out at the sky. 

    Today I got the feeling
    That soon this will be done.
    Our lives will change forever,
    But look up at the sun. 

    You know that deep down feeling
    Of joy, of loss, of pain,
    The love, the sadness and the hurt.
    You'll be okay again. 

    One day we'll get that feeling -
    Was all this even real?
    Hold onto that feeling.
    In time we will all heal.

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    The coronavirus is now worldwide and there is no vaccine. It seems our only defense is to keep our hands clean.

    Keep Safe

    Poem About The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    in Current Events Poems

    No more shaking hands.
    Don't touch your face.
    Never stand too close
    In a crowded place.

    A virus is amongst us.
    It's roaming around our land.
    It contaminates and does us harm
    By the simple touch of our hands.

    Dark days are fast approaching.
    We have to be aware.
    Hygiene is our only shield
    To this demon who waits out there.

    Our world is now at war
    With an enemy that's unseen.
    But we can beat the invader
    If we all keep our hands squeaky clean.

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    Poetry is my way of making my feelings more real and of grappling with the fearful and unknown that so often plagues our lives. I hope this poem also serves as an opportunity for the reader to remember that there is hope, even - and especially - in the direst of circumstances.

    Alone Together

    • By Victoria Calleja
    • Published: May 2020
    Hope In The Time Of Corona

    in Current Events Poems

    There are gaps and walls between us,
    Yet we're close because we care,
    And the distance is diminished,
    For there's one enemy we share.

    You know your friends all have their struggles,
    So you try to hide each tear,
    But there's no use holding back;
    It can unite us too, our fear.

    We are alone but still together,
    Each one faced with the unknown,
    And our friends we must rely on
    As news chills us to the bone.

    And yet fear feeds on our weakness,
    Births the darkness in our mind.
    We can choose the hopeful path, and
    Some sweet solace we might find.

    It's our actions that define us-
    Our thoughts, our will, our ways.
    We are all in this together.
    Soon there will be better days.

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    It's a simple rhyming poem about living during COVID.

    The Times We Live In

    in Current Events Poems

    At the minute, times are tough.
    The self-isolation can be rough.
    Day after day, night after night.
    The future unfolding is not so bright.
    The world seems so strange, just not the same.
    It feels so detached; it's such a shame.
    This can't be it; there's got to be more.
    We've got to reset; we've got to restore.
    The world's in bad shape, but it's not the end.
    Be there for one another; try to be a good friend.
    At the minute, yes, times are tough,
    But if we stick together, it can be enough.
    Give encouragement and show our support.
    By showing love to all, we cannot fall short.
    Yes, the world's in bad shape, and yes, it's strange,
    But together we can beat this; only together we can change.
    So no matter how bad things seem to be,
    If we are in it together, it's not that bad; I think you'll agree.
    We need to be patient; we need to be kind.
    If we do it this together, true joy we can find
    So once again our future looks bright.
    Together we'll get through this; the end is in sight,
    So don't get upset; just smile or grin
    'Cause these are the times we find ourselves living in...

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    This is a poem of hope written in the midst of the Coronavirus.
    It's a collaboration between two poetry friends.
    Verses 1 and 4 written by myself.
    Verses 2 and 3 written by John Read.

    A Rainbow Of Hope

    Hope During The Coronavirus

    in Current Events Poems

    God will paint rainbows in the sky
    Once again for the world and I.
    Signs that will tell us all is well,
    Freedom from this grim living hell.

    I know one day the sun will shine.
    Dark clouds above will disappear with time.
    Some won't make the journey home.
    Some will sadly die all alone.

    But just like time, all things will pass,
    For nothing's ever made to last.
    Then once again we'll be on our way
    When dawn awakes to a bright new day.

    The streets will come alive again.
    Shops will open, buzzing again.
    But the best moments will be when
    Family and friends meet again.

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    This is a story about how during a pandemic, my mind took a dark turn. I was feeling depressed, helpless, and did not know what to do. So one day I took a scenic drive. I just wanted to be with nature, to clear my head. Once I did that, I once again felt happy and I felt a restoration of my freedoms. I learned that even in the darkest times, there is still light in life.

    Free!

    • By Matthew C. Doll
    • Published: November 8, 2020
    Spending Time In Nature During The Pandemic

    in Current Events Poems

    I awoke to a pestilence, a pandemic across the nations,
    Feeling anxiety, fear, and seeing massive condemnation,

    Thinking, pondering, how could anyone thrive?
    With the chaos and madness, how can anyone survive?

    Anger, seething anger, began to fill my head,
    Invading me mind with angst and consuming it with dread.

    Wondering, praying, how do I eradicate this pain?
    Is there something, anything, to alleviate my mental strain?!

    Out of my abode I went, deciding to take a drive,
    Thinking maybe, just maybe, I might again feel alive.

    With me I took no maps, nor did I take a known route,
    For just driving straightforward might be my way out.

    Yet, anger still consumed me, keeping me depressed and blue,
    Maybe I should turn around; NO, that is the last thing I should do.

    So, drive through the forest I go, I began to see green.
    Suddenly, and abruptly I felt peace, and it was oh so serene.

    Driving on I went, down a road I did not know,
    Feeling relieved, for my mind had found a more positive place to go.

    Continuing my drive, just the earth and me,
    I once again felt happy and once again felt free.

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    Just a simple poem with a message of hope in a time of pandemic, rebirth in dark times

    Acorn

    • By Darren C. Mossman
    • Published: March 2020
    Poem About Hope In A Time Of Pandemic

    in Current Events Poems

    The spring was a ghost, as winter wither'd away.
    The bird's song was vapid, the flowers awaited May.
    Alone we all sat, windows locked and shutter'd,
    afraid of our neighbours, our bread went unbutter'd.

    All shopkeepers were closed, all kegs were untapped,
    all music did cease, all performance unclapped.
    Alone we all sat, doors closed and locked.
    Our pantry's slowly dwindling, inadequately stocked.

    All games were ended, all our works were halted.
    All prayers were whispered, all hopes were exalted.
    Alone we all sat, as the world slowly warmed,
    the trees unpruned, ragged and deformed.

    The gardens untilled, the boats tied to dock.
    The productive were idle, the busy as rock.
    Alone we all sat, avoiding the ravage
    of an invisible foe, so vile and savage.

    The streets were all empty, the pews were all bare.
    The neighbours were treated only with what we could spare.
    Alone we all sat, fearful and forlorn,
    Locked in our homes, to weather this storm.

    As the sun warms the airs, and the rains wet its feet,
    The Oak reaches upwards as if heaven to meet.
    Alone we all sat, uncertain and torn,
    Our Solace unveiled by its wee acorn.

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    The poem was written by me during the lockdown 2020 as a result of COVID-19. The poem tells a story of the bravery of a nurse who leaves for work each day, feeling very fearful like you and I but continues with her professional and caring duties.

    A Brave Nurse, That She Is...

    • By Kimberley Thomas
    • Published: May 2020

    in Current Events Poems

    A brave nurse, that she is.
    She faces her fears for us,
    By whipping on her scrubs and gloves
    Each day with no fuss.

    When leaving her home,
    A lump forms in the back of her throat.
    She anxiously gazes back at her family
    As she waves and zips up her coat.

    At the hospital where she's based,
    A thick dark cloud lingers over the ward.
    She whispers under her breath,
    Please help these people recover, Lord.

    More patients are admitted with COVID,
    And the beds are now fully occupied.
    She is unable to contain the tears,
    As she sees no family by their side.

    A brave nurse, that she is,
    But this is her most difficult task.
    Her lips are actually trembling, you know,
    Behind the medical mask.

    A bed soon becomes vacant,
    The virus was just too strong.
    She replaces the sheets as tears flow,
    And that's another one gone.

    A brave nurse, that she is,
    But remember this too,
    She is also very fearful,
    Just like me and you.

    Oh, a brave nurse, that she is.

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    I wrote this about the Coronavirus and its effect on all of us.

    Coronavirus - At War

    in Current Events Poems

    Our political views mean nothing,
    There are no sides to take.
    Both young and old must be prepared
    To fight for all our sakes.

    Guns and tanks are tinker toys;
    Violence has no place.
    Our enemy creeps silently
    Without a single trace.

    The world must share this battle;
    There are no neutral zones.
    We must stand united in our hearts,
    Though standing quite alone.

    Our basic need for human touch,
    For now must be denied.
    And we must find inventive ways
    To convey what lies inside.

    Our heroes aren't our generals,
    With medals on their chests.
    But those nurses and those doctors,
    Who our lives we have bequest.

    We wake each day to numbers,
    Again there's thousands more.
    Neighbors, friends, and family,
    Our casualties of war.

    We've lost things we took for granted,
    That made us feel alive.
    And now within our prison walls,
    We must find a way to thrive.

    But we never will surrender
    Or let our lights grow dim.
    It's our humanness that will prevail
    And set us free again.

    Those people who we've never met,
    In places far away,
    Must face this same relentless foe,
    That we too must face each day.

    And so we are united,
    One people standing strong.
    Pushing through this darkest time,
    Until again we greet the dawn.

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    Mum went into a Nursing Home in September last year. She had lived in the family home for six years after my father passed away. For two years we had caregivers assisting mum, eventually needing live in caregivers, then sadly we had to move mum to a nursing home. For six months everything was okay. We visited regularly, conscious our visits were very important to her well-being. Then the home went into lockdown. Her sight and hearing incredibly poor, our only forms of contact were FaceTime and the phone, and it wasn't enough.

    A Sad Goodbye

    Losing Mother During Lockdown

    in Mother Death Poems

    What end to life is this?
    Five months without physical contact, without a kiss.
    So many promises unable to fulfil,
    Summer walks in the garden, a Mother's Day meal.
    Promising with every call,
    Things would improve, we'd still do them all.
    There will be a time when we could take her out,
    Half believing, half shadows of doubt.
    The decline was unmistakable,
    Like watching in slow motion someone fall.
    Her withdrawal was evident to see,
    Frustrated by her growing dependency.
    She tried so hard to hold together,
    But this storm intolerable to weather.
    "We're all in the same boat,"
    One of Mum's favourite quotes.
    Yet her boat was sinking fast,
    Fear, unsustainable, a knowledge this couldn't last.
    Granted a tiny fraction of her final days,
    To hold her hand, to fight back tears and pray.
    This ending will be so hard to overcome,
    The circumstances in which we lost our mum.

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    Giving thought and recognition to all the key workers during these difficult times of the pandemic.

    A Rest Well-Earned

    A Poem About Essential Workers

    in Current Events Poems

    Work hard, my weary body, please.
    There's lots that must be done.
    These strange old times I've never known
    Have only just begun.

    Work hard, my weary body, please.
    This battle must be won
    So I can find the brighter days
    And lay out in the sun.

    There will be days I cannot smile,
    When you have to say goodbye,
    But I will hold your hand, my friend.
    Can't promise I won't cry.

    And when these days are over,
    And they will, of that I'm sure,
    Won't take for granted anything
    We always had before.

    So if there's something we should take,
    A lesson may be learned,
    But for now my weary body needs
    A rest that's been well-earned.

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    I tried to pen my feelings during these unprecedented times we are living... the social distancing from our loved ones, the fear of the unknown while trying to juggle working from home and at home.

    This Too Shall Pass

    • By Mariella Scerri
    • Published: April 2020
    Looking Forward To The End Of COVID-19

    in Current Events Poems

    I long for the day to leave my den,
    To roam the streets by night and day.
    To venture out without a fear,
    To embrace the ones that I hold dear.

    Scrubbed the house and baked some bread,
    Mowed the lawn and cleared the shed,
    Helped the children with their math,
    Helped my neighbor feed the cats.

    I try hard to keep at bay
    all my worries and concerns.
    I restrain my troubled mind
    And try to ease my weary heart.

    I pray every single day
    for humanity to be saved,
    And I hope that this will pass,
    to continue with my life.

    I long for the day to leave my den,
    To roam the streets by night and day.
    To venture out without a fear,
    To embrace the ones that I hold dear.

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    This is a simple rhyming poem about having to wear masks due to Covid. It's written from the mask's point of view...

    My Mask

    Poem About Wearing A Mask During Covid

    in Current Events Poems

    I just want to be a good friend.
    I'm not here to start a new trend.
    I know I'm not the perfect fit.
    I know I may irritate you a bit.
    I just want a bit of respect
    As it's you I'm trying to protect.
    I know I can be in your face,
    But to discard me is a total disgrace.
    I know I'm new to your life,
    But I'm here to relieve stress and strife.
    I know I don't fit in with your style,
    And behind me you always hide your smile.
    I know you won't need me for long,
    But I still want our bond to be strong.
    I want to go everywhere with you
    Even if it's just standing in queue.
    So trust me, I'm up for this task.
    I promise, I'll be a good Mask.

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    So true! I love how it is told from the mask's perspective! If I were a mask, I definitely would have those thoughts. These times are so difficult!!
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    A poem to all of my students' moms/grandmothers who have been homeschooling during this pandemic. I invited them to a Zoom meeting with their child to share my appreciation of them.

    Mother's Day 2020

    • By Cindy J. Nowak
    • Published: May 2020
    Teacher Thanking Mothers For Homeschooling During Pandemic

    in Current Events Poems

    You are so appreciated every day.
    Things have changed in so many ways.
    This will be a year we never forget,
    So blessed and glad that we met.
    You all hold a special place in my heart.
    You have kept your children on task from the start.
    I know it has been a lot of work
    I am forever grateful for your support.
    I wish you the best Mother's Day.
    Make it memorable and a fun day!

    Mrs. Nowak 2020

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    Due to the sickness that the world is facing, the only hope we have is the faith that God will soon end this.

    Prayer

    The World Needs Your Healing

    in Prayer Poems

    Protect us, Lord, and send your healing,
    Receive our prayers that keep on pouring.
    Allow your people to have their second chance.
    Yes, Lord, we are begging you hand in hand.
    Each of us may have our sins,
    But remember us, Lord, and let this pandemic virus end.

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    I wanted to write something positive and to give hope during these difficult times. It is the first poem that I have submitted.

    One Day

    Giving Hope During COVID-19

    in Current Events Poems

    One day I will be back,
    And we'll be smiling face to face.
    The worries of the last few weeks
    Will be gone and all erased.

    See, I've been dreaming of this moment
    For quite a while now,
    Thinking what we will get up to
    Without a frown upon our brow.

    I may be a little older,
    Gained some wrinkles and some pounds,
    But I'm still the same old me
    That you liked to have around.

    We'll maybe take this moment
    To appreciate what we have.
    Give light to all the darker moments
    Yet to cross our path.

    For now, we must all toe the line
    And do as we are asked
    So we can meet again some day
    And all enjoy a laugh.

    I promise there will be sunshine
    And brighter days to come,
    But for now, all I ask of you
    Is for you to stay home.

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