The bomb, it fell on such a sunny day,
The town’s inhabitants,
They didn’t see it coming.
And when it fell they all cried out
That life would end right there and then.
But dust soon settles on its own
And when the people crawled from hiding
Blinking in the glaring sun
They saw that something strange had happened.
Roads and buildings disappeared,
And in their places, flowers, fields and trees.
The people had forgotten what their money’s for
And so they learnt to help and share.
In short, the very thing that ended life
As the people knew it,
The thing they feared and thought would make
Their lives unbearable,
It really brought about the change
That many needed and indeed
Unknowingly they craved.
Now I’m not saying that this outbreak isn’t terrible. People are losing their lives and it’s scary and heartbreaking. But I just wanted to write this poem so that we can appreciate the fact that there will be some good things that come out of this and perhaps we need to hold onto these things while we go through the worst of this awful time.
I’m talking about the fact that we have #ClapForCarers which has brought neighbours together who have probably never spoken to one another. I know of neighbourhoods setting up Whatsapp groups to share lighthearted stuff and to ensure that vulnerable members are looked after.
People are volunteering on a scale like never before there are some unbelieveable acts of kindness going on. It’s really beautiful to see.
There’s also the possibility that this could all change our behaviour once we’ve come out of lockdown. For example, families will not take each other for granted and will cherish hugs and time spent physically together. Also, people are spending time doing things that are free and realising that their kids don’t actually care, so maybe we’ll slow down at work and worry less about having the best of everything.
Again, I know that this is a really shitty time but if we’re going to stay afloat I think it’s important to think of all the good things that could come out of this.