For all the people facing the dread,
standing tall making it possible to stay home instead.
For The packers and stackers
the fund raisers and the backers.
Clap for the Teachers for all they do
for the frontliners and vulnerable kids.
For those that are shattered
but still turned up to assist.
The cleaners and porters,
their sons and daughters.
The refuse collectors
the postie delivering parcels and letters.
The Care workers holding loved ones hands.
Together on Thursdays We’d clap.
The trades that are on standby for
emergency plumming and heating.
The door knockers with boxes and
a happy greeting, ready with smiles
For the people they are meeting.
The aged alone, some scared isolating.
The police the firemen the ambulance drivers,
To the paramedics, the nurses, doctors and cleaners, we give thanks.
To the politicians who try to sort it all out,
We clapped for the Vets who cared for our pets.
The chemist the grocer the butcher the baker.
We are proud of the Mums and the dads,
Temporarily wearing teachers hats.
The home workers that keep the economy fed,
For the corner shops, serving, doing their best
Clap for the garage mechanics delivering goods,
With no engines to build or MOT’s to test.
To Morticians and undertakers, the funeral directors.
The Churches and councillors stepping up to the plate
The volunteer groups working till late,
Those building temporary mortuaries and hospitals,
To pick up the slack, without you we couldn’t see a way back.
We clapped for our Forces who stand up for us all,
always prepared to answer the call.
Simple steps helped us to survive,
I composed this poem in April 2020 when the first wave of the virus took so many lives. October arrived, people had become complacent, believing themselves to be invincible. Once again, the numbers began to rise. I have posted this poem to remind us how keeping your distance, washing your hands and wearing a mask was not hard, it flattened the curve. Businesses then re-opened and Schools trickled back. People flouted the guidelines by coming together, parties were had, masks discarded like old chip-paper in the streets. Many were defiant and selfish, they screamed abuse at the ones still complying with the guidelines. Masses of people said, their civil liberties were being eroded, they caused uproar and refused to comply.
And here we are now! In our Winter of discontent. Made by covid-19 and exacerbated by selfishness and greed. But we know when we come together and care like before, we kept the pandemic from entering our door. I ask you this, “What good are jobs? if we are dead in our beds.” So this Christmas, when governments have tried to relax some of the rules … just remember, if you go too far we will pay for it in lives, not just tax.
Be kind and leave comments, but remember this is my home, and my opinions. I wish for you all to be safe.