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One Year On. A look back on the year of Covid.

One Year On.

A look back on the year we have had in lockdown.

By John Bellamy

Let us take a moment to remember this last year.

A year like no one has experienced before

A year when we all lost our freedom

Our jobs, our holidays, meeting friends, enjoying shows, shopping and so much more

Many lost the feel of grass under their feet and many binged on Netflix or self abuse

Fun at the time but endlessly meaningless

We watched as the world went into a coma of fear

Billions of people, the vast majority of the planet – quarantined inside their own homes.

Emergency hospitals in place

Frontliners working hard and emotional hours

Scientists hurriedly searching for a vaccine

Governments running around like chickens with their hads cut off

This is new for everyone.

Name blaming China as ‘The Yellow Peril’ once again

Sweat pants and baggy T shirts are the new daily uniform

Not worn a suit or a tie in an age.

Face masks are the normal. Steamy glasses.

Stocking up on food stocks

Keeping loads in

Just in case

Saves shopping where anyone, everyone,

A friend, a relative, a neighbour could be ‘ the one.’

The one who passes it onto you.

A friend or family member may be your murderer

Friends in lockdown for 14 days

Food left outside their door

Treated like a pariah

Keep your distance as they could kill you.

Same old walls

Day in and day out.

Short walks for exercise

Although most the exercise was changing channels

A summer spent in the garden, on the balcony,

Keeping away from Covid Spreaders

Packed beaches – police unable to do anything

Crowds all to keen to get back to normal

Far too soon

Far too dangerous

Far too many newly infected

Couldn’t keep themselves indoor for another minute

So would rather risk death rather than one more TV repeat,

Or one more Monopoly game, one more meaningless pursuit to keep the mind active

Starve of Boredom, Worrying Fear of the unknown.

Watching important but pompous idiots sounding as if they know what they are talking about

Pompous fools.

Winging it like everyone else.

Doing the best they can under the circumstances

Never happened before

No past experiences to call upon.

No idea where, what and how ?

China – blame China.

Older people dying in their droves. Care homes now half empty.

Bodies too many for burial so stored in factories.

Thousands dying around the world.

American Presidents say to drink bleach and inject disinfectant into the body.<