As of April 14, 2020, when I wrote this poem, global cases of coronavirus exceeded 1.8 million, and deaths topped 113,000. What a difference a month made, long enough to know who the "heroes" are and to see the "zeros" starting to take advantage of the pandemic . . .
Heroes & Zeros
Among mankind's best— Brave, courageous Heroes who do no harm Assuaging our fear With fellow feeling and care Amidst viral strains' stealthy swarm
Among mankind's worst— Mean, dastardly Zeros who do know harm Stoking pandemic fear Scamming an unsuspecting ear With a smiling swindler's charm
Heroes and Zeros Best and worst of mankind— What a dichotomy! We'll keep hoping instead For a bright future ahead Daily coping with anxiety