I’ve been buying only essentials
And obeying the government rules.
I’ve been doing the clapping for carers
And plenty of video calls.
I’ve run out of pasta and loo rolls
And queued at the chemist for meds.
I’ve done quizzes with friends on Zoom
And seen just the tops of their heads!
I’ve been planning more running and walking,
But I haven’t persuaded my legs.
In the stores, I’ve kept to two metres,
And danced in the aisles when there’s eggs!
I’ve promised to write a to-do-list,
But each day I go and forget.
I’ve bought lots of books for my kindle,
But haven’t got round to them yet.
I’ve remembered that Mondays are bin days
And made sure they’re out there by eight;
And then I’ve discovered it’s Tuesday –
I’m twenty-four hours too late!
I’ve watched all the daily news briefings
And marvelled at all of the stats;
When R equals one, I nod wisely
And pretend I’ve grasped all the facts.
I’ve bought wine for that special occasion,
When the end of the lockdown’s in sight…
But then I’ve succumbed to temptation
And drunk it the very same night!
Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
Or is it an oncoming train?
I hope you cope better than I do…
I can’t wait to see you again.