We are in awe of the mountaineers
who reached the top of the K2
and we express our admiration
for their adventurous derring-do.
Cheers and applause are reserved
for astronauts who go into space
to explore the universe knowing
there are obstacles they may face.
But all endeavours and activities,
even the ones that are mundane,
may encounter unforeseen hurdles
that are the source of great strain.
Fairly recently the world sustained
a quite severe and sudden knock.
Slow recovery from a pandemic
seems to be the. stumbling block
to human life being able to return
to anything resembling normality,
without regulations and restrictions
and the resumption of hospitality.
© Luigi Pagano 2021