Yayoi Kusama Shares Words of Encouragement to the World in COVID-19 Poem

"We shall fight this terrible monster"
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Image via: Tomoaki Makino/Yayoi Kusama

Image via: Tomoaki Makino/Yayoi Kusama

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has shared a poem to the entire world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The artist, like many others, have had their exhibitions delayed, postponed and some altogether cancelled in these difficult and unprecedented times.

Kusama shares a message of hope, unity and a fighting spirit to help everyone continue to stand up together as a global community. You can read the poem below in its entirety.

A MESSAGE FROM YAYOI KUSAMA TO THE WHOLE WORLD

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 Yayoi Kusama
 

Yayoi Kusama was supposed to have her next art exhibition open in May at the New York Botanical Garden, it has been delayed to spring of 2021. In related COVID-19 news, Arc'teryx has started producing medical gowns for healthcare professions in their local community.