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The poem talks about a man who has taken so much from us, but some-how has also given back at the same time.


Plettenberg Bay, South Africa (17 December 2020) – When Danni Da Fonseca wrote her poem, she didn’t expect it to start being shared all over social media but after her dad, Luiz Da Fonseca, posted it many South Africans started sharing the heartfelt words.

The poem talks about a man who has taken so much from us, but some-how has also given back at the same time.

Read it below.

The Thieving Man

There was a story of a man who stole
He stole our life but not our soul
He left us grateful, and he left us pure
But we were also praying for a cure

To the disease, he spread across the earth
But all the while he was giving birth
Birth to new ideas and new perspectives
Teaching us to live with new objectives

Like always appreciating your next meal
And opening up about how you feel
Cherishing the time we spend at the beach,
Pubs and restaurants; freely walking the streets

3 months locked inside our houses
Not just you and me, but thousands…
Millions and billions were all inside
Finally, time to heal! Earth cried

The forests grew stronger and thicker
At the same time, the humans grew sicker
The animals could roam uninterrupted.
In their homes that humans had corrupted

It helped our trees and seas and bees
Maybe humans are the disease?
Even our oxygen had time to purify
Who knew this pandemic could also unify…

From the time we spent with our relatives
To learning not to focus on the negatives
Taking each new day as an amazing blessing
Even the days which seemed depressing

And for the people who were stolen from us
Ashes to ashes and dust to dust
The cost of this lesson was to wear a mask
And to sanitize before any simple task

I don’t think it’s a big price to pay
For these new lessons, we are learning every day
It actually seems this man did good
Us humans must’ve misunderstood

Maybe the cure that we had prayed for
Turned out to be that thieving man- COVID -after all

Sources: Luiz Da Fonseca
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