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  • Heroes of the Covid-19 crisis - a tribute

    HEROES (OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS)

    I
    It spread round the world at a frightening pace
    To each corner of earth, each country, each place.
    Though Covid's arrived, it's our goal now to beat
    This most deadly disease we'll together defeat
    By halting the virus advancing its spread
    In the track of its journey and stop it stone dead.
    So here in this crisis these words seek to praise
    All those heroes who help in these difficult days.

    II
    Praise first goes to those who with courageous zeal
    Are out there in hospitals working to heal
    Those who most need the great care they deliver
    Each arrow of treatment they pull from their quiver
    Cuts down the great damage this virus has wreaked
    And will flatten the curve where its chaos has peaked.
    Each of us whether or not we're infected
    Thank, pray and hail them for the lives they've protected.

    III
    So many more whose profession is healing
    Deserve to hear just how grateful we're feeling
    For the work they do in community care
    Those most wonderful people who are employed there
    They treat us so just the most critical cases
    Remain the ones cared for in ICU spaces.
    They work hard leading our crisis solution
    We must not forget their vital contribution.

    IV
    And when medicine we need to acquire
    Our pharmacists are there to meet those desires.
    And so many people in so many ways
    Ensure it's possible that home everyone stays:
    Like carers at home (they need every support
    And help for cocooned neighbours must never run short);
    Or those who ensure post, water and power
    Are there when required, whatever the hour.

    V
    We should also recall we're watered and fed
    So many guarantee that this can still be said:
    The farmers and truck drivers and all those who
    Make sure that our supplies find that they can get through;
    The grocers who ultimately stock the shelves
    With their teams at the coalface as we help ourselves
    To buy everything we need to drink and eat.
    Without them this would be an impossible feat.

    VI
    Those at the frontline they are many and brave
    Though they welcome our thanks it is healing they crave.
    But we also know that support stands behind:
    From those teams contact tracing infections to find;
    To researchers working on finding a cure;
    And our global leaders if uncertain or sure.
    Each trying hard to make correct decisions
    Let's praise all attempts to resolve this condition.

    VII
    Before we move now on to our final verse
    We just must for a minute reflect on the purse
    That's missing from many for their livelihoods
    Are lost as they're jobless but let's make sure this should
    Be temporary and for a time that's brief.
    And so when from this virus we get our relief
    We will count the physical and mental cost
    So let's do all we can to keep lives from being lost.

    VIII
    Let's finally now think of each of us all
    As we're learning to answer our scientists's calls
    To heed advice and to socially distance
    It's only with everyone's solid persistence
    That we will stop Covid extending its spread
    And soon in the track of its journey stop dead.
    So follow the rules and make sure it can't thrive
    So we can all be heroes and all save more lives.

    ©MH O'Farrelly
    30th April, 2020
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