By Matthew Gerald Mugerwa
If I were to take the road ‘less travelled’, I would choose you Corona Virus as my travel companion.
Not because of the many people you have killed but because of the many lessons you have taught me.
Many people hate you and curse you, but I have decided to love you. You are a special gift to mankind.
Am here to learn from you! Why did you come?
Ooh! to teach us about love, but how?
Ooh yes, I have had time to bond with my family and appreciate every moment during the lock down.
I have read books and fallen in love with brilliant minds like Albert Einstein. When will I have gotten an opportunity to sit at the table with minds such as Galileo Galilei, Mau Piailug, Pablo Picasso, Okita Soji and many other boys who made a difference in the world?
I have raised rabbits, ooh! these beautiful creatures, they remind me about God. Corona Virus, you are indeed my sacred teacher. Let us live in harmony, but don’t take more people.
For God and My Country.
I am Mathew Gerald Mugerwa, an 11 year old boy from Uganda, East Africa. Iam in Primary 5 at Mother Care Preparatory School. I love reading and writing. Last year when schools closed , my mother bought me a book about the famous poet Benjamin Zephaniah. His childhood was more like what I am experiencing, with a lot of uncertainties and fears about the future. Reading about his life gave me hope. I feel that through poetry I can let out my fears and face the future with confidence. That is why I have decided to look at corona virus with love and not fear.
I hope the readers will also find my poem inspiring.