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August Pauses

August pauses virus shielding

Of course, it causes nervous feelings


Covid has no thoughts of pausing

Nothing yet to cause its yielding

Doesn’t care the fear it’s causing

The young, the old, the sick and shielding


Nervously the shielders ponder

Go out today? Or stay inside?

How close to stay? How far to wander

To embrace the freedom once denied

Long to see familiar faces

Need to feel that human touch

Visit old familiar places

How can life have changed so much?


Second wave and tiers and bubbles,

November brings in Lockdown Two

Schools report more virus trouble

Should have closed, but who blames who


Soon we’ll have a vaccination

But Christmas doesn’t hold much cheer

We hold our breath in anticipation

Hopeful for a brave New Year


Amanda Samm 2020