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Lockdown Lowdown


My own take on lockdown and the changes I hope we make


Some of us have got to shield

as ill health takes a hold.

Some of us are left tear filled

as they say we’re too damn old.

The rest must social distance

but some think they can be bold

They offer up resistance

and won’t do what they are told.

We are all in this together

as we watch as things unfold

We must work with one another

to keep this disease controlled.

It’s my mother’s 90th birthday

but no kisses like before

I must now ring the doorbell

and leave her present at the door.

She tells me stories of the blitz

and the sights that she has seen

How she used to jump with fright

when she heard that loud siren.

But daily life was normal

no such thing as quarantine

It never took away her freedom

like this covid-19.

You keep in touch with video call

as you’re not allowed to meet

You give your friends emoji hugs

as a virtual way to greet.

Social media is the new escape

With the lockdown videos

they help to keep us all amused

with their fun scenarios.

This new norm has its good points

with the change in attitude

watching people help each other

and their show of gratitude.

I hope when this is over

it’s a new world we embrace

A world with more caring

and compassion commonplace.


Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on June 05, 2020:

I think it has made a lot of us reflect on things Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 05, 2020:

I hope so too.

This lockdown has really shown the light on a lot of things for me.

Like just who really takes the time to stay in touch.

Take care.

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on May 06, 2020:

Thanks John. Hopefully you are right and the world becomes a better place

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on May 06, 2020:

you are right Lorna it will make us more appreciative of the things we took for granted

Charlie Halliday (author) from Scotland on May 06, 2020:

Thanks Ann. Community spirit has definitely got better

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 06, 2020:

Wonderful poetry Charlie, highlighting the present situation perfectly. I am confident we will emerge as better people.

Lorna Lamon on May 06, 2020:

Great poem Charlie which describes everything we are going through at this moment. This virus will change how we view the world and your last verse gives me hope.

Ann Carr from SW England on May 06, 2020:

You've summed the situation up so well here. It's brought out so many good things but highlighted the fact that we should now heed our previous affects on nature and that we should think of our neighbours more.


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