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The things that must be done

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Encouraged by comments on my latest blog - and reminded that I always intend to post my blogs on WOL and usually get distracted before doing so - I'm repeating a blog from a few weeks ago which I didn't post here. With thanks to those who commented on the last one!


I've been thinking about what happens next. There's been a lot of talk in the press, and shared posts on social media, about t...

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I've been up a forest of gum trees

Got cornered in many a spot

Up the creek is a formality for me

Some of us simply preferred it hot


Often I  swam far out of my depth

Within an inch of deep water

At times had my back against the wall

Loved much but never had son or daughter


Trouble is the thing I was made for

Dire straits always seemed too tame

I loved facin...

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She died in a

Care home before the

Pandemic, from

Complications after a broken hip.

She helped see off Hitler but

If granny had lived

Would she have

Seen off the virus?

During the War she worked in munitions

Her factory got bombed, she

Made ammunition for the boys at the


In the care home both her

War-time comrades

Choked to death for want of testing...

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Old and Out In the Cold

Annie was eighty and lived in a care home

Someone had wanted her out of the way

Unsung staff were her guardian angels

Love of the job more important than low pay


The home was a sanctuary for Annie

For her age she was mobile and fit

Her life was peaceful and quite secure

Until the day the covid-19 pandemic hit


Matron and her assiduous staff

Worried about Annie a...

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Waiting for peace

My heart breaks for those

in care homes

sitting patiently

waiting to die


Sometimes remembering

who you are

sometimes silently crying


You wait with them

day by day


When you look into their eyes

there is nothing there

no fear, no desperation

and above all, no hope


In-between doses of morphine

when the pain makes them scream

they beg to...

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By the light of the local Spar

Eyes snapped shut in the street-facing bedroom

lit up by the light of the Spar

that floods it's white plastic windows

illuminating each passing car



In her curled up hands a faded old photo


but the hands,once so gentle,that hold this mementoe,

are as cold,are as granite, as stone


In came Sister with a meagre tea tray

barging in,past...

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