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Poems: Healthcare and Quarantine

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A couple more poems by Dave Anthony.

3 April


Covid-19 pandemic

Healthcare precedence

Nothing polemic.

Health systems overwhelmed

Essential health services outstretched

Healthcare workers fatigued.

Without protective gear

Canon fodder in frontline fire.

Medical science and technology

Highest ever, yet

Inadequate to hasten production line.

Ventilator scarcity – triage

Doctors must play god

who lives and who dies.

No work, no money, no food

Covid test unaffordable

Too poor and marginalised.

Coronavirus! Why worry

Some live, others die?

How far healthcare outreach?


4 April



Magical fourteen

Isolation absolute

No dispute.

Controlled Movement

On Act-ual parchment

Ordered housebound.

In-house walk around

Distanced association

Read, write, WhatsApplication.

Stuck in a doldrum

Dissipate the boredom

You’re still free

Plan activity;

No jog, no walk

Skip and talk

Garden greenery

Survey scenery.

For Covid, stay negative

Otherwise, be positive

Live and let live

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