To you, who gave everything...

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To you, who gave everything…

To you, with your empty words,
hollow promises and lies
To you, who ignored simple orders
to stay at home, just stay inside
To you, who scam the vulnerable
exploiting their struggle and plight
And to you, the perpetrators of abuse
the fear you create, is all we despise

You gave nothing, absolutely nothing 
In our darkest hours, this tragic time

But to you, who keep the country running
you have our love, you have our pride
To you, who deliver essential goods
and the thousands of miles you drive
To you, who stack the shelves,
the shop workers on the front line
And to you who stayed at home
Clapping for carers on Thursday nights

To you, delivering post or emptying bins
the length and breadth of the land
To you, in communities supporting folk
who need that helping hand
To you, the volunteers and key workers
together, you’re making a stand
Selfless actions fighting an enemy
Not one of us really understands

And to every one of you, caring for the sick
every single hour, risking your own lives
Never shirking your duties once
despite the danger you might find
Yes you, you who gave everything
You gave us hope in these worrying times
Our hearts are filled with gratitude
We owe you all our lives…

Jeff Dawson April 2020

◄ God, grant me the serenity

The end of the world as we know it? ►

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Martin Elder

Thu 30th Apr 2020 10:07

A fitting tribute Jeff. A superb poem mate

It is my hope that in the rush to 'get back to normal' whatever that might feel like that we don't lose sight of what these people have given of themselves and in fact have always done but have gone unnoticed. My hope is that we are all shaken up by this and rethink the way we act towards each other. Sorry went on a bit there
Nice one Jeff

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Greg Freeman

Tue 28th Apr 2020 20:08

Strong words, Jeff. But true.

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