On Sunday May 10th, the British government changed its public coronavirus slogan from "Stay Home/Protect the NHS/ Save Lives" to "Stay Alert/Control The Virus/Save Lives". Generally, this change has been met with puzzlement and has been criticised for being far too vague.
The instruction to "Stay Alert" has been echoing in my head for two weeks now. I thought of small mammals in the long grass, sailors in crows' nests and soldiers looking through night vision binoculars at the 38th parallel in Korea. But this was the poem I came up with...
Like beauty danger lurks
Ready to disarm you
To rob you of your breath.
Look left, look right,
Check your way is clear
For it may be very near
Skulking in the shadows
Concealed by trembling trees
Or waiting round the bend
Just up ahead
With the unsung dead.
Said the T-shirt
To secure a
Stay of execution
- Your contribution
To saving lives.
Lovely poem. Theres a local facebook group down here saying "stay a Lert. We need more Lerts" the change of slogan was unnecessary and confusing. Better still they should have just said "Be extremely cautious when going outside". Someone gets paid to think these slogans up!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for reading it and for reflecting upon it ADDY. A poem about a "lert" sounds like the sort of thing Lewis Carroll might have written.Delete
That's great, YP. That your offering also made me laugh is, so I hope, forgivable in these life saving times.ReplyDelete
These are very grim-faced times.Delete
"Skulking in the shadowsReplyDelete
That will become one of my 'memorable quotes'.
In fact I think I may create a poster and put it underneath. Hardly a 'platitude' but a warning.
Honoured to have attracted the thoughtful attention of a "retired bureaucrat" Graham.Delete
I like your poem. The warning to "stay alert" seems very, very vague to me. It's not like we're looking out for Nazis (although yes, those too) but an invisible microorganism. There is no way to see it or hear it or smell it or feel it until it has already invaded. And then it can be too late.ReplyDelete
Maybe I should have blended a sense of that invisibility into the poem. It is indeed an untypical enemy.Delete
I like the image of the danger lurking as a highwayman waiting to leap out and accost us.ReplyDelete
Will he be wearing a mask I wonder?
That very thought had crossed my mind too JayCee. But what kind of mask?Delete
A very appropriate poem for our times YP.ReplyDelete
Thank you for reading it Dave.Delete
I like your poem. Well done sir. Perhaps they should have hired you to write the slogan?ReplyDelete
Thank you for every post you share. I do read each one. Poem appreciated. The invisible foe.ReplyDelete
Well, I like the term stay alert but it could be more directly linked to covid 19.ReplyDelete
For such ridiculous advice, you've taken it seriously and produced an excellent poem. Perhaps Boris should put you in charge of his communications.ReplyDelete
Of course, the previous advice should really have read, "Stay Home -- unless you're a symptomatic government official in search of childcare in which case, feel free to drive all the way across the country."
Steve, I hope you won't mind me pointing out that if he was an official or an elected politician even at Cabinet level he'd have been gone long ago. He's a political appointee answerable to no one except the PM and without whom the PM won't know which lie to tell next.Delete
That's certainly true, Graham, although I wonder how much support he has among the public. I'm afraid a lot of people WOULD vote to elect him!Delete
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