2020 came in
A new year
So far away
China struggling
An extended gap

10 thousand die of flu
Remember SARS
Didn’t materialise
Figures suggest 20 thousand deaths
Early Feb, quarantine measures
We were told
Must take it as part of the heard
Face masks: no use

It got real
Italy hit
Schools, universities, everywhere
Hospitals couldn’t cope
Elderly made comfortable as they die
Spain then followed
The USA: invaded

The UK next
Death tolls rising
Schools shut
Pubs, shops close
Extended queues at supermarkets
The Epidemic was real

Dirt lined mouth
Covid shell coating
Fever starts
Shaking, sweating
Side to side
What day is it?
The time, light or dark?
Able to walk
So So tired
Got through fever
Cannot eat
Cannot sleep
Can only drink
Mouth, toxic taste
Stomach rocketing
Green sick
Bits of bile
Knife blades cut stomach
All food, straight through
Lack Focus
Half listen music
Isolate from news
Off Facebook
Face smashed: brick wall
Coming too
Mind first
Body second
toxic taste remains
Brush teeth
Scape off Covid layer
Wash hair
Shave legs
Go outside
Sun rays
Morning stomach crunches
Enjoy meals
Crunches go
Toxic taste departs
Covid free
Live again

Every newsflash: a death count
UK the epicentre
Pandemic at height
Funerals attended
Numbers rise further
20 thousand deaths predicted passed
40 thousand deaths passed

Normality begins to return
Face mask rules introduced
Shops begin the re-open
Café’s serve outside
Pubs re-open
Long summer of rain
Nation is recovering

The schools return
All back to work
Furlough ends
Testing systems introduced

All again
Infections rise
Death toll increases
No tests available
Covid rages
Nation under threat
Covid takes us prisoner….

Alison Little

Listen to reading of Covid

4 thoughts on “Covid

  1. I love the way the cadence of your poetry reflects the staccato nature of our lives right now. Love your artwork of Covid, too. It looks like such a benign creature despite it’s deadly nature.


  2. Alison, well-written poem. I also enjoyed your reading. Is this your personal experience with covid?

    I had a similar horrendous experience…sick for several months with gastrointestinal symptoms, but no fever or breathing problems, two months of antibiotics including intravenous antibiotics during four days in the hospital for complications…diverticulitis, kidney infection, ovarian cysts. My doctor said he now believes I had undiagnosed corona virus. I am 71 with chronic illnesses, so I am lucky I didn’t die.

    I also published a poem during the early days of covid titled, “Pandemic.” I would be interested to know what you think about it.

    All the best! Cheryl ❤


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