The virus is alive and well
As it has been forever
Teaching timeless lessons
In ever new ways

It is the unpleasant truth
We deny but cannot avoid
Chasing us relentlessly
Waiting for us to find it

We track it and trap it
Describe it and define it
Decry it and defeat it
Discover its return

Disappointment and despair
Determination and dedication
Discouragement and death
Delight in destiny

Who is the victor
And who the victim?
One and the same
In endless renewal