Of Coffee With The Caged Bird

If you were having coffee with me I would be happy to welcome you into my cosy little cage…

Its week two of lockdown and I yearn, for freedom. That’s what the caged bird sings about, freedom. When will the outside be allowed because my dream is to touch the sky?

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Catching Clouds Credit: Deegash

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you I am jealous of the birds flying out in the sky with big fluffy marshmallow clouds, they know the whispered secrets between the wind and skies but if you ask them, they won’t tell you, they will just whistle at you….

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you I am jealous of a stray cat that I last saw jumping over the security wall defying lockdown conditions for destinations unknown. When it returns maybe I will name it Freedom, just like a waving flag… Freedom is coming tomorrow

a pet named freedom

In the meantime, if you have a minute if you could pop over to the last story I wrote, it’s a magical realism vignette about the pets I have had and the symmetry of freedom, which may have been wildly inspired by Stephen King’s Pet Sematary… anyhow click on the image below to open that story in a new tab.

Freedom’s Symmetry

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that our country celebrates its 40th year of independence in a week on the 18th of April. Lockdown is supposed to end the day after this but I suspect an extension is looming, several countries have extended theirs and WHO has warned countries against relaxing lockdowns

WHO warns relaxing lockdowns could spur resurgence of Coronavirus ...

Our neighbouring country South Africa extended its deadline by two weeks and most of us are just waiting for our president to make a similar announcement… though in our case simply extending the deadline without any metrics seems in exercise in futility.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that as at current stats 14 people out of a cumulative of 563 tests conducted have confirmed positive for the coronavirus.

Zimbabwe ministry of health COVID stats

People worry about the low numbers due to low testing meanwhile the police are more vested in arresting people who are defying lockdown, 5226 people have been arrested in the first fortnight of the Zimbabwe Lockdown.

If you were having coffee with me, I would ask you if like me you think there’s interestingly a lack of information of what you are supposed to do when you contract COVID-19. Stay home, wash your hands and don’t touch your face is what you are told, everyday, but lets say you do have it what then? Are there some things you could do to help lessen the symptoms, I am not saying a cure, I am just saying some remedy that would make life bearable or are you just supposed to tough it out and hope its not the serious case that needs ventilators and hospitalization…

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you, I have no idea what flatten the curve means though I have seen this phrase being thrown around a lot when encouraging people to stay at home…

Staying at home is easy for some people, but what about the others who need to go out and hustle for their daily bread.  The government recently allowed for money transfer agencies to resume work citing how some families relied on remittances from diaspora communities for sustenance, later on they allowed for the largest fresh produce market Mbare Msika to reopen as the vendors who operate from there also rely on it for a living. These were good decisions but without structures of how this would operate it can simply be opening the door to chaos…

Mbare Msika
Image credit PT Chimusoro

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that one of the 4 coronavirus deaths was confirmed post-mortem one wonders how many others cases are under the radar or how about the cases of pneumonia that seem to be rising but aren’t being tested for COVID-19 because don’t meet the WHO case definition, since they only test symptomatic patients… maybe the door to chaos is already open and we are far from ready….

Nyamandlovu Isolation in Umguza
Nyamandlovu Isolation in Umguza

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that when I reviewed the movie Contagion finding parallels to whats happening now, I had tried not to think about how society collapsed in the movie and the riots and looting… I have been seeing reports and videos about looting of liquor outlets in South Africa and I don’t mean to be alarmist but looks like if not contained people will get bolder and a tiny spark  could lead to a large bang…..

spar tops looting

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell I half forgot this was an Easter weekend, everyday seems like a blur of the same day over and over again. If all days could be the same day repeated why cant it feel like a Friday, instead each day feels like a crossover between Sunday and Monday…

I have been tracking my computer usage and looks like I have been quite productive in the past week and also been highly distracted if you look at these statistics.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that hours spend on Google Analytics Academy did pay off and I have a cool certificate to show for it, well I am not an expert but hey I now understand analytics better, when the outside is allowed I might add web analytics to my CV…. you can read my new found insights on analytics below

Google Analytics For beginners
Web Analytics

If you having coffee with me, I would tell how I am watching the birds fly past the windows and I wish I could touch the sky, they know secrets and they just whistle at you and even when you cage them they will still trill…

I guess that explains how we can still find laughter even when the world turns upside down. I have been laughing at memes of this sextet of Ghanaian pall bearer funeral dancers who perform highly amusing choreography sequences at funerals

African Funeral Dance Meme
Bring the coffin
Dancing with coffin at funeral goes viral
Dancing with coffin at funeral goes viral on the web; see meme ...

How is your neck of the woods? Maybe there’s some freedom in death.

I know why the caged bird sings

~B

13 Comments

  1. Its pretty much the same here in Zambia… the police publicly threatened to whip anyone who broke lockdown and we all thought they were joking.. until some people were caught in a bar, it was kinda hilarious…

    We have about 40 cases here and so many people are recovering but every time we think it’s finally slowing down, more people test positive it’s scary but frustrating because I just want this to be over, I’m going stir crazy at home

    The guys with the coffin 😂😂💀

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    1. I worry a lot about people defying lockdown to go and do stupid things like throw a party or go to a bar makes me wonder about us as a species where are we headed?????

      Sure there are some people who do not have choice but to defy lockdown… but I think also police are being a bit overzealous in the way they are dealing with lockdown truants

      The guys with the coffin gave something to laugh about
      ~B

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      1. I know! How people put their lives at risk just to go to a bar 🙄 I get staying at home is frustrating but I wish people would understand that it’s for our own good

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  2. If I were having coffee with you, we’d indeed be jealous of the birds and stray cats enjoying freedom. And then probably wish we had superpowers. I’d choose invisibility just saw i could defy lockdown and invisibly roam the streets. Meanwhile lockdown is supposed to end tomorrow but our president is addressing us tomorrow and I suspect he’ll increase it. So i hear you on that.

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    1. hahahaha but you do know that invisibility on its own wold not be enough you would also need additional super powers of immunity or invincibility or even immortality to best enjoy roaming the streets…

      So any news on lockdown ?
      ~B

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      1. I hear you and some teleporting skills. So our lockdown has been extended for 21 more days. It was meant to expire today but will now continue till May 5th

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  3. I love freedom, she’s a beautiful cat! (I think you named her that right?) This is a crazy time. I’m hoping they will lift the staying at home order soon as I worry about our economy and our country! I don’t want people to die from Covid but where I live I think we may have an increased herd immunity. Stay safe out there, can we PLEASE see the light at the end of the tunnel??? 😉🥰🤠

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  4. Those pallbearers have been trending. Very hilarious.
    To your question – in case you contract the viral infection, there are some numbers you need to call (for Ghana). You don’t just walk to the hospital but if you’re tested positive, depending on the severity, you’ll be kept in the hospital or at home to manage it. Nobody seems to tell us what you’ll need to take in to manage it. I guess you’ll find out when you contract it. It’s best left unknown 😆😆

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    1. I was surprised to learn they first made headlines from a BBC clip almost three ago and now they are back again lighting up the internet in these dark times…

      Maybe they are afraid if they publicise some remedies a shortage will ensue for example there was a home remedy being shared on whatsapp which included lemons… suddenly the of price lemons went up ridiculously On the last day before lockdown I saw a fresh fruit vendor whose lemons cost more than the oranges and just shaked my head and kept moving….
      thats people for you
      ~B

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