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April 16, 2020

A world truce? Sounds like the title of the next best seller. In fact, French President Emmanuel Macron is leading the charge for a global ceasefire during the coronavirus pandemic. Covid-19 is the world’s enemy right now. China, the UK and the US are on board with this – and Russia is thinking about it. Goodness, it takes a pandemic for us all to be friends.

Even world-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama felt the urgency to address Covid-19 as she wrote this powerful poem:

Though it glistens just out of reach, I continue to

Pray for hope to shine through

Its glimmer lighting our way

This long awaited great cosmic glow

Now that we find ourselves on the dark side of the world

The gods will be there to strengthen the hope we have spread throughout the universe

For those left behind, each person’s story and that of their loved ones

It is time to seek a hymn of love for our souls

In the midst of this historic menace, a brief burst of light points to the future

Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future

Let’s go

Embraced in deep love and the efforts of people all over the world

Now is the time to overcome, to bring peace

We gathered for love and I hope to fulfill that desire

The time has come to fight and overcome our unhappiness

To COVID-19 that stands in our way

I say Disappear from this earth

We shall fight

We shall fight this terrible monster

Now is the time for people all over the world to stand up

My deep gratitude goes to all those who are already fighting

Revolutionist of the world by the Art from Yoyoi Kusama

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