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
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.
Clearly America is lost
Unbelievable even for a comedy movie
Who would believe it.
Brexit is never heard of again
More important things to worry about
At least it stopped family arguments about
STAY or LEAVE.
LEAVE, it turns out, seems to have been the best thing we could have done. The EU is in complete disarray
Mass lockdowns and mass deaths
No vaccine ordered.
UK sitting pretty.,
No longer under EU control so we are vaccinating merrily
Europe is screwed.
England ‘s doing real well
Many resent and argue against
Small minded people who got it wrong
Attack those who got it right
No excuse for fuck ups when in charge.
No excuse when you are voted into power
Paid a lot of money
Hugely REWARDED AND RESPECTED
But you fucked it up
You got it very wrong
Now you arrogantly fight against those who tell you so
Cast the blame elsewhere
So much for being a grown up then
Children throw the blame at others.
Parents teach taking responsibility
Clearly not something EU leaders pay attention to at all.
But today is the day one year ago
An anniversary of sorts. One year since the initial lockdown.
Bound within the house.
Fun at first as the world celebrated a paid holiday, even if at home.
Now a year on
Tired and bored of it all
Played the games. Binge watched every series going.
Played games, even ended up repainting the house.
Kept mind from going foggy.
Avoided the news.
This anniversary day, the sun is shining.
It’s a beautiful day.
But back to painting and back to waiting and back to planning and staying safe and staying away from others and away from ‘ normal life’ –
Which will never be normal again.
Today a year ago, who would have thought.
John Bellamy 23/03/21
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