COVID 19 please tell us why are you so mean?
You’re doing your damage without being seen
We’re hiding indoors while you rampage around
You fly round the globe without making a sound
Aeroplanes remain grounded, but you’ve found a way
To reach every corner of our world, and play
With our throats and our lungs and our senses of smell
So we cough and we pant and for some it is hell.
Social distancing now – means 2 meters away
From the people we pass in the hour of the day
When we go for a walk or to get some loo roll
From the shop, where we queue with police on patrol
Making sure we stay back, making sure we go home
Making sure we lock down, making sure we don’t roam.
And our children are there, and we’re over here
So we call them, we Skype them, we just want to hear
That they’re safe and they’re well and they’re happy and strong
And we miss sitting with them and having those long
Days with grandchildren, barbecues, lunches and drinks
And all the occasions that none of us thinks
About much – we just did them, then cleaned up the mess
When they’d gone. But now we know not to transgress
The new rules of life, for life – life over death
To ensure that we’re able to catch our own breath.
There’s another contagious condition around
It’s called kindness. It’s impact will be more profound.
It’s a side effect of COVID 19 you see
There’s no vaccine – it seems to infect you and me
With some symptoms of thoughtfulness, wisdom and care
As it rampages round us kindness will repair
All the cracks we have made before COVID 19
All the stuff we’ve collected, the people we’ve been
Until now. Now we’ve stopped and we’ve seen what we’ve seen.
We’ve seen love, we’ve seen life, we’ve seen stillness and sky
We’ve seen streets that are empty and nothing to buy.
We’ve seen waving from strangers and smiles far away
And each other as precious – the light in our day.
COVID 19 maybe you are cruel to be kind
You are doing your damage but you will remind
Us to stop all the shopping, rampaging around
Flying all round the globe barely touching the ground
Never smelling the roses, just finding a way
To reach every corner of this world and play
With our future, our safety, our heart and our soul
COVID19 maybe what you break makes us whole.