Urban Jungle

"Take care, it's an urban jungle out there." Jaap Zomerplaag, a regional planner and architect from Meerssen, the Netherlands, shares his wishes and hopes during the Coronavirus outbreak in a poem.



Photo by Jaap Zomerplaag


After 75 years commemorating freedom

Free to move without limiting borders

Without fear for the unknown and what to come


Disbelieve that society can be at stake

Trust in sciences, economy and administration

What can be worse, war, flooding or earthquake


Public life that looses more and more it's pace

Only moving around with permission and goal

Judging every passer-by by the face


On the other hand inspiring universal stories

Uniting people, nations and cultures

Longing to pick up again our usual glories


Hoping that we can soon look back

Feeling lucky with the little everything we have

And be really sincere about what we tag


Realizing that for real change it is not too late

Willing to cope together the climate change

And fight poverty, discrimination and hate


Nationalism, social distancing and lock down

I wish everybody lot's of strength in every country and town

Take care, it's an urban jungle out there


This story was shared by Jaap Zomerplaag, a regional planner and architect from Meerssen, the Netherlands.

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