I'm normally a social girl I love to meet my mates But lately with the virus here We can't go out the gates.
You see, we are the 'oldies' now We need to stay inside If they haven't seen us for a while They'll think we've upped and died.
They'll never know the things we did Before we got this old There wasn't any Facebook So not everything was told.
We may seem sweet old ladies Who would never be uncouth But we grew up in the 60s - If you only knew the truth!
There was sex and drugs and rock 'n roll The pill and miniskirts We smoked, we drank, we partied And were quite outrageous flirts.
Then we settled down, got married And turned into someone's mum, Somebody's wife, then nanna, Who on earth did we become?
We didn't mind the change of pace Because our lives were full But to bury us before we're dead Is like a red rag to a bull!
So here you find me stuck inside For 4 weeks, maybe more I finally found myself again Then I had to close the door!
It didn't really bother me I'd while away the hour I'd bake for all the family But I've got no bloody flour!
Now Netflix is just wonderful I like a gutsy thriller I'm swooning over Idris Or some random sexy killer.
At least I've got a stash of booze For when I'm being idle There's wine and whiskey, even gin If I'm feeling suicidal!
So let's all drink to lockdown To recovery and health And hope this bloody virus Doesn't decimate our wealth.
We'll all get through the crisis And be back to join our mates Just hoping I'm not far too wide To fit through the flaming gates!
In the Time of Pandemic
by Kitty O’Meara
And the people stayed home.
And they listened, and read books, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And they listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.
By Carol R Williams
I walk to where the car parks are bare Bereft of cars, no-one there to ride to the city Which stands empty and bare, The virus is here.
Unable to meet friends or family members, Unable to talk on street corners,or meet at a cafe We commune with nature on our short walks For exercise, listen to birdsong, clearer now there Is no sound of traffic, see fish in the river now There is less pollution, less because The virus is here.
Modernity means we can stay in touch with those We love and care about, See each other on the screen Though it's not the same as meeting up, Not the same as having a hug, or having coffee together, Sharing our thoughts,catching up on family news, Or laughing with friends. Our choirs and bookclubs no longer allowed, The virus is with us.
It is an alien world,there is much more peace, When it's over, the pandemic ceased, Will we have learned to live quietly, to value Nature more? Not to want everything we see, Or remember the beauty of this hiatus we've had, Because of the virus?
Saving the Earth
By Carol R Williams
We want to save the Earth So need more trees to plant. We want to save the world And on our own we can't. We do not have the money Our resources are too small To save the bees for honey And find food for all.
We hear of wars and famines, of the need for medicine too Unable to work miracles, each our bit must do If we want our children to be happy, to go to school and learn, And not to die of hunger while we watch forests burn.
When will mankind stop fighting, why won't they all see sense? Or is it that the forest fires are making leaders dense?