He raised thirty million for the NHS,
Walking round his garden in his Sunday best.
With a spring in his step and a song in the charts,
He lit up the lockdown
And won our hearts.
He found it amusing as he rose to fame,
Saw the funny side of being a household name,
Joked that there’d be changes at his funeral wake –
A few more sandwiches
And extra cake!
In interviews he told us things would turn out right;
The future would be rosy and the outlook bright.
‘We will get through it!’ he assured us all.
Even lots of youngsters
Thought he was cool.
As Tom reached one hundred in the public glare,
A flypast was held and he punched the air.
When lockdown ended, he was back on the screen –
Honoured with a knighthood,
He met the Queen.
He chose his own epitaph, or so we were told –
A witty remark: ‘I told you I was old!’
An emblem of hope, his legacy lives on.
We’ll keep you in our thoughts,
Captain Sir Tom.
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