Needles Under The Tree

History will wash its hands of 2020

Wuhan bats and disposable masks,

Just another year in human annals

Fodder for future historians' tasks


Who'd have thought it a year ago?

A holocaust of innocent old dears

Lockdowns and social distancing

I always felt it would end in Tiers


Hand gel and hissing ventilators

Dodgy oxygen levels all the rage,

Vulnerable citizens hide, shielding,

No different from rats in a cage


Reservoirs dry out as hand-washing

Morphs into pseudo-religious rite,

Grey academics hand-wring on TV

Exhibiting symptoms of hindsight


Cronies securing lucrative contracts

Middlemen make millions from PPE,

Care workers get minimum wages

Class discrimination there to see


A public enquiry into this fiasco

Might benefit from test and trace,

Millionaires garbed in legal visors

From Monaco fighting their case


Hot-spots of greed and exploitation

Making fortunes out of sickness,

Waves of well-connected elites

Breathless from sheer slickness


A Brave New World of vaccines

Synthetic, experimental, hasty

Guinea pigs roll up your sleeves

Pharmaceutical earnings tasty


But what about the year to come?

What to do if a mutation calls?

There's nowhere to emigrate to

Fear's got the globe by the balls

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◄ From A Clear Sky

Ageless Heart ►


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Candice Reineke

Sun 29th Nov 2020 22:58

You sum up 2020 skillfully! Enjoyed this, Simon.

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Paul Sayer

Sat 21st Nov 2020 11:24

Superb expose and plenty of those!

What a poem Simon, well done you.

The title is a masterstroke

Thanks for this.


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