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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

The battle with the invisible enemy that is CORVID19

Every Thursday evening, since this nightmare first began,

We stand outside to clap and whoop, in joyous celebration.

Of the courageous, selfless hero's of our country's NHS,

Whose commitment is unrivalled and their courage, boundless!

Our lives they put before their own, with vigour and with valour,

An intrepid army dressed in blue, as they fight the COVID war.


We are told to stay home, to protect them from duress...

Of unprecedented numbers, infected with the virus.

To enable them to cope, give them a fighting chance,

Of treating those in desperate need, without the time constraints,

That would render their capacity, completely overwhelmed,

And with inadequate equipment, their patients then condemned.


So, stay home, saves lives and protect the National Health,

And next time you say you're bored, take a deep and calming breath.

Expand those healthy lungs and on that sofa place your bum,

Or sit out in the garden and soak up the springtime sun.

Practice social distancing, we have been told to do our bit,

Let your home become your sanctuary, and for heavens sake, STAY PUT!




Submitted: April 18, 2020

© Copyright 2021 Sue Harris. All rights reserved.

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You know, the people who think this is all a hoax must live very privileged, sheltered lives, if they've been able to escape the photographs of mass graves, the stories of people who have died in days after no symptoms, and the people who have been lucky enough to survive but will have health problems the rest of their lives. I hope it doesn't take someone close to them dying for them to realize how utterly stupid it is to just bury their heads in the sand and say social distancing is an overreaction. Gah!
Here, they're already talking about reopening businesses, and we haven't even peaked yet in the most optimistic of models, it's madness. Our healthcare workers (along with the grocery store workers and delivery people and all other essential workers) don't get a choice about staying at home. As you say, they're putting themselves at serious risk to take care of the rest of us. We owe it to them to stay home and protect them!
It's sad that this is our reality, but it is, and denying that won't change the facts. Very timely and well-said poem. Ignore the ostriches who think ignorance is bliss!

Sat, April 18th, 2020 11:04pm


Thanks for your comment, which I totally agree with. I find the attitude of some people truly shocking, and incredulous. I appreciate your support on this issue, it is a war which we have to fight, and we have to do our bit to make sure the army of frontline doctors and nurses are not overwhelmed by the crisis, and even more lives lost.

Sun, April 19th, 2020 1:29am


COVID-19 is a medical crisis of 2020.
It isn't to be scoffed at.
It is deadly.

Sun, April 19th, 2020 6:37am


You are absolutely right, to do so is disgraceful and offensive.

Sun, April 19th, 2020 1:31am

tom mcmullen

You certainly have a valid point Sue, though some countries seem to be going a lot better than the U K and and Europe. In Australia most of the deaths seem to be the elderly with underlying health problems, people like me. Keep up the good work!

Sun, April 19th, 2020 9:28am


Thank you for your comment, Tom. Yes, the death toll in the UK is spiralling every day, I truly believe the lockdown was introduced after the horse had bolted, the loss of life has reached 15,000 and still rising, although they say the new cases are falling. Stay put and stay safe x

Sun, April 19th, 2020 3:05am


Well said, Sue. I'd like to say more but for the sake of keeping things civil, I won't.
This is the biggest health crisis for very many years.

Sun, April 19th, 2020 5:29pm


Thanks, Hully. How anyone can say it's a hoax is, quite frankly, incredulous and offensive.

Sun, April 19th, 2020 10:55am

Keke Serene

Whether one believes in it or not, the law is the law at this point. Florida, where I live, seems to be shrugging it off. Our projected peak has passed by with not so many cases at my hospital. The curve has flattened and its pushed back. Hopefully we'll earn our freedoms back come the first week of May. I'm hopeful. And hoping everyone gets their jobs back.

Tue, April 21st, 2020 2:22am


We're in our fourth week of lock down here in the UK, with another two to go. While the death toll is still at alarming levels, new cases admitted to hospital has fallen. It's tough but, as you say, we have to do our bit. I'm hopeful of some people being allowed to return to work in two weeks time, I guess it's going to be a phased approach, the last thing anyone wants is another surge in cases! Thanks for your comment, Stars and stay safe!

Tue, April 21st, 2020 2:02am

Bert Broomberg

Great poem, Sue.

Tue, June 2nd, 2020 1:28pm


Thanks Bert for reading and commenting, much appreciated. Baby steps now as we ease out of lock down, except for the folks crammed like sardines on beaches and beauty spots!

Tue, June 2nd, 2020 7:08am

Sharief Hendricks

STAY PUT !!!! indeed Sue...

Here in South Africa we have gradually been easing the lockdown restrictions from the highest Level 5 to now for the last week Level 1...our country is doing well as most of the country was disciplined and we are trying to do the responsible thing (not easy, but necessary)...and due to that our hospital frontline workers have mainly been coping both in cases, treatments, beds, tests and PPE...

I am very proud of how our president has handled this Lockdown, being considerate to business income loss and the economy taking a major knock...The Government released Billions to assist those who lost their jobs and the businesses that were forced to close and of course the homeless, but had we not acted when we did we would like most other countries sadly have suffered much more...

This is NO hoax !!!! and we should all thank our lucky starts that we have normal low risk jobs...

Go NHS Go !!!!!!!!!!!

Tue, September 29th, 2020 11:44am


We are currently experiencing a resurgence of the virus, universities across the country are hotbeds of infection and students in lockdown, along with various regions where the rate of infection has spiralled. A lot of people not taking responsibility for their actions, there was a protest in London at the weekend against forced lockdown, hundreds of people shoulder to shoulder, no masks and in denial of the effects of the virus. With idiots like this, we have no chance of controlling it. What planet are they on?

Tue, September 29th, 2020 5:52am

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