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2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9

For today’s prompt, look to the news and write about something recently reported. It doesn’t have to be something today, but something in the past week or month would be ideal. There’s always good and bad things happening in the world, and poetry is a powerful way to document events.


by John Yeo

Breaking news of the Ebola crisis,

Almost 5000 people have died.

Left to their own devices,

The figures would be much higher.

In the areas of high concentration

There is literally no place to hide.

The world is sending aid and supplies

Medical assistance and personnel,

Wrapped in a protective clothing disguise

They nurse the afflicted patients well.


Using care, consolation and compassion

There is a breaking light in the story

People are beginning to respond.

Out of the bleak, dark, sadness and misery,

The sun breaks out with light beyond.

The one hundredth patient from Monrovia,

Nursed by Medecins Sans Frontieres

Was pictured on their Social Media page

Phoning home to say she was well.

The disease has no place to hide.

Copyright © Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved

Medecines Ebola picture

Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Sianneh, the 100th patient to recover from Ebola at MSF’s Ebola management center in Monrovia, Liberia, calls her mother to tell her that she is free of the virus and will be coming home. Photo by Caitlin Ryan/MSF


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