Way back in April 2020 at the start of all of this, most of us thought that by now life would have gone back to normal.
The Hour of Exercise
On Sunday, nine months later, OH (other half) and I were taking a walk around the block and the same line of Shakespeare popped into my head. It was only after I wrote the poem below that I remembered I had used the same device of parodying Shakespeare last April. If you compare the two poems, you will see that there is a real contrast between my thoughts and feelings at the start of lockdown and how I – and many others I am sure – feel now. Do comment below and let me know what you think!
Once more around the block dear friends once more
Or close the hospitals with our Covid dead
This virus does not care about us man
It thrives on selfishness and stupidity
And when the joggers breath blows in our faces
Then cover up your nose and mouth
Hold hard the breath until they have passed by
And you good politicians
Who serve for us in England
Show us here the mettle of your thinking
Why we should ever vote for you again
Let us know that you are worthy of the job
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That would let the British people down
Follow your instincts
Be proactive, don’t react
With science at the forefront
Swear we will beat this virus!
© Andrea Neidle, My Life in Poems