Covid-19

Poems and ponderings on the health crisis that hit the world in early 2020.

Let Them Be Heroes

Daily Mail headline Let our Teachers be Heroes

Teachers say:
Let Daily Mail writers be heroes

Let them walk naked through war zones
Let them battle with an invisible enemy

Let them fall on the battlefield
in even greater numbers than they already have

Safe in the knowledge that they will be
lionised at the Daily Briefing

And that Matt Hancock may
issue a badge in their honour

Advice to a Worker in Danger

This is a poem to tell you your rights,
if you find yourself working at dangerous sites
So please brush up your knowledge and uphold the law –
know that workers at risk have the right to withdraw

So if you’re facing danger that’s imminent and serious,
working conditions that seem deleterious
Call up your boss and then step right away –
you can not get in trouble, they can’t stop your pay

How to Run a Daily Briefing

Hancock at Briefing

If you can, find figures that
make Britain look better
than other countries.

If you can't, then explain that
foreigners count differently
from us Brits.

If asked questions
about health and care workers,
say that they are heroes.

If pressed about their PPE, tests,
working conditions or isolation pay,
say again that they are heroes.

Unmute Yourself

Prince Buster

Here's one for those among you who are fans of Prince Buster, The Specials or anyone else who has recorded 'Enjoy Yourself':

Unmute yourself, ’cos it’s your turn to speak
Unmute yourself, your words will be unique
The meeting is in progress, and you don’t look very sleek
Unmute yourself, Unmute yourself, ’cos it’s your turn to speak

Hello, I’m Janine, and I’m going to unmute myself first

All in the Same Boat

Willy Stower's Titanic

They were all in it together,
all in the same boat,
From upper decks to lower,
they'd sink as one or float

But some folk were in first class
and they got out alive,
While most folk were in steerage
and most did not survive

The ship had too few lifeboats,
and the lookout on the prow
Saw the iceberg didn't discriminate,
as the virus doesn't now

R<1

letter R
R is the Reproduction Ratio of a virus,
the average number that each infected person infects.
R is the Rate at which viruses spread
When R's above one, expect more and more dead
R is the Ratio of of patients to beds
R is the hospital wards overrun -
We have to keep R below one.
 

Life and Death and Politics

no politics

This is no time for politics
for critics or for lobbing bricks
for calling names or stones and sticks
for challenging, for landing kicks

The time's not right for your point-scoring,
rival party leaders' warring
Disagreement's jolly boring,
disrespecting people mourning

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