Beginning a hopeful decade
There came a brand new blight,
Whooping with indignation
And wheezing with delight.
Some eight billion people
Roused to join the fight
To not die prematurely
Or speak their last Goodnight.
The Governments were slow to act
They sought to lay the blame
Against some one-or-other
Or animals and game.
The Truth was very different
And only known too late
That plans for “herd immunity”
Advised them just to wait
And let the virus take its toll
Until a peak was reached,
When sufficient numbers were immune
And COVID-19 breached.
They meant for old and vulnerable
Alike to pay the price
To cheaply solve infection
“You can’t catch Covid twice”.
They found some selfish scientists
Who’d just speak as they’re told
That this sickness was harmless
Unless you’re very old.
“We must keep business running”
We heard our rulers shout
And newspapers blamed the poor
For having to go out.
It’ll all be over by Easter
Decreed the Emperor Trump
But the medics all decried him
Declaring him a chump.
Reality was soon to hit
As thousands swamped the wards
Of hospitals still ill equipped
To deal with coughing hoards.
The masks were not forthcoming,
The ventilators still,
Good doctors and their nursing staff
Together falling ill.
A lockdown was agreed abroad
Too late to stem the tide,
Restricting work and life and love,
Too awful to abide.
We tried to stay at home and watch
Life through a neon screen,
To understand with shock and awe
A crisis so obscene
That millions lost their incomes
Whilst taxes bailed their bosses
And police forces and soldiers
Protected them from losses
And food banks were relied upon
By the poor, the weak and ill
“Stay at home, don’t make a fuss
Lie down, lay low, be still!”
But on a Sunday evening
Each came out from their house
To applaud the brave young medics
Who risked their lives for us.
The message started to emerge
That Governments were playing
A fiendish game with all our lives –
Don’t believe what they were saying;
They’d cut our social care to shreds,
Shut our hospitals too,
Denied us beds and privatised,
Huge profits to accrue.
The warnings had come years ago
Prepare for the next pandemic
But politicians of every hue
Said it was academic
That prophesies should not impede
The quest for growth and wealth,
No need to spend or invest at all
To protect the people’s health.
The companies were bailed-out
Whilst workers incurred debt
And landlords planned evictions
If the rent arrears weren’t met.
The banking bosses washed their hands
Of lower interest rates
To charge the earth for overdrafts
For everyone but their mates.
And doctors soon were forced to choose
Who should live or die,
Some lives worth more than others?
The eugenicist’s Great Lie.
And refugees still fresh from grief
Corralled into tent cities
Were collectively quarantined,
Infected without pity.
The pious called it God’s own will,
A judgment on human conditions,
And even climate activists
Applauded low emissions.
The far-Right anti-humanists
Hoped to reap rewards
By brandishing their racism
Of “Death to Foreign Hoards”.
But as the millions became unwell
Throughout the human world
Our anger began to rise and swell
Our banners soon unfurled
“To hell with with your profit margins,
To hell with the billionaire,
The lives of ordinary people
Should be your primary care!
“We pay our taxes willingly
Whilst the super rich pay now’t
So spend our commonwealth on us”,
We heard the People shout.
Enough of all your feeble lies
Deceptions and false news
Leaving us to pay the price
We never shall excuse.
You knew the threat long months ago.
Governments were warned.
You could have stopped this massive spread,
This catastrophe you spawned.
Instead you left the poor to rot
And sought to help the greedy
Profit from our misery
And neglect the weak and needy.
But a time is fast approaching
When your lockdown will be ended
And the wrath of those bereaved and sad
Will call out unimpeded
“Social Justice Now!” And Peace
For all through mass investment
In social infrastructure
And a fair assessment
Of who works for the common good
And who gets off so light
That their greedy exploitation
Proves they’re the parasite!