Welcome to The Coronavirus Diaries – Part 3. I have decided to continue this series to share weekly updates because no matter how many blog posts I have ready to publish, it all seems pointless when this is the one thing on everyone’s minds right now.
Have a read of Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them.
I have been at work this week. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, as a radio producer, we are keeping our station on-air. Our audience really needs us right now – for real facts and updates, to offload and share their thoughts and feelings, but also for entertainment.
A GOOD FRIEND
With the majority of people isolated at home, radio is the companion they need to get them through their day. We’ve had an outpouring of messages from listeners telling us what we mean to them during this pandemic. It means a lot knowing venturing out of the house every day is putting a smile on people’s faces.
It’s not easy, driving down quiet streets in to a city centre which is derelict. The building in which I work is normally full of life, as people shop, eat at restaurants or visit bars. But now, it is silent. We must continue to do what we can but if you don’t need to leave your home, then please follow the guidelines set by the Government. Stay home. Stay safe.
Instead of giving a detailed breakdown of my week and how I’m feeling, I decided to write a poem. It just came to me as I drove in to work on Thursday morning. I put my thoughts down on paper as soon as I could and I would like to share it with you all.
I’m sure a lot of you are feeling the same way. Please have a read and let me know what you think in the comments below.
I pull back my bedroom curtain only to see,
silence, where the hustle and bustle of life would be.
Parents on the school run, with their kids in tow,
scooters, bikes and cars all on the go
People off to work, with a long day ahead,
wishing for just one more hour in bed.
We’re tired and grouchy, the day’s only begun,
but alas it’ll be hours before we’re finally done.
The rush hour is crazy, still so much to do,
shopping, cooking, homework and bath time too.
All we really want is some downtime alone,
to watch a bit of tv or scroll through our phone.
Curl up with a good book or put up our feet,
play a video game, our favourite track on repeat.
We can’t wait for the weekend to have a good chill,
Or our holiday to come along, wouldn’t that be brill?
Fast forward to now and where we’re at today,
all those hours to sleep, all that time to play.
We don’t have to rush, we can take it slow,
no longer do we have to constantly be on the go
So why is it now that we have time on our hands?
We’re still not happy and it’s hard to understand.
Why when we have freedom, all we do is complain,
And now it’s been taken away, we’re going insane.
We’re stuck indoors, our options are gone
no parties or meals out, no ways to have fun.
We can’t see our loved ones, it’s all very tough
it’ll go on for months and we’ve already had enough.
Nothing is normal and you feel a sort of loss,
you’re not alone, the world is bearing this cross.
There’s grief, there’s anger, confusion and fear,
there may be times when you’ve shed a tear
It’ll be months before the life we knew can return,
no matter how hard it is, please show some concern.
To those who have lost loved ones, and must deal with their pain,
for them, things will never be the same again.
Maybe now we’ll value the life that we lead,
and focus not on our wants, but on what we actually need.
Appreciate all the things that you have in your life,
because now you don’t have them, it cuts like a knife.
I hope you enjoyed reading this poem as part of The Coronavirus Diaries. I’ll be back next week with another post.
I’m hoping to share stories and experiences from friends and fellow bloggers, on how they’re feeling and coping during this pandemic. In the meantime, you can follow my daily life updates on my Instagram. Please stay safe.
FINALLY FOR NOW…
As with my previous posts in The Coronavirus Diaries, I am ending with a photo of a happier time in my life to lift my spirits. This is a photo of me with my sister-in-law, who I call ‘Pippa’. You can find out why here. She is a nurse and as a key worker, she is one of the people on the frontline.
She sets off a long day of work each morning, putting herself at risk to care for those in need right now. It’s people like Pippa, we really need to appreciate right now and that’s why every Thursday at 8pm, it’s important pay tribute to them in the ‘clap for carers’ movement.
I love that you are ending with a photo of happier times, giving us all hope that these times will return #dreamteam@_karendennis
Thanks Karen. Yes that’s exactly the aim. And hopefully, we will return to normal soon. Stay safe x
Two beautiful women and a lovely image – great you are both doing your bit to help in this crisis situation. Honestly I quite like the peace and quiet giving us all time to reflect on how life could be made better for all of us in due course. Which is not to take away from the tragedy of the virus itself #AnythingGoes
Oh thank you, Kate. This week I’ve been doing a lot more reflecting too. Stay safe x
I only ever listen to the radio in the car and haven’t been out in 3 weeks now so am missing it! Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging
I enjoy my week at work (and then a week at home). But it’s strange just seeing the derelict streets. Stay safe x
Love that poem. It is so true that we need to focus on the important things and not go back to how we were before. Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama
It must be strange to see a city so quiet. I live in the countryside so really it’s not much different for us, just having to stay home. Lovely poem. Maybe something I will try #KCACOLS
Lovely pod of your friend and the poem is great, made me teary. I’m enjoying your updates. #stayclassymama
Thanks Karen x
your poem captures our days perfectly. stay safe #KCACOLS
Thanks Lana x
I loved the poem! It is so true that we have all often thought that we needed more time and now we have it! Although I must say that if it weren’t for the fear and worry I would be loving it. #DreamTeamLinky
Thank you x
Oh I will have to catch up on your previous posts on this, but it is a good idea to write down all your feelings in such uncertain times. As hard as it is for everyone right now we need to try and be positive. I love the photo. Thank you for joining is for #kcacols and we hope to see you next time.
Thanks Kelly-Anne x
Love the poem! I love that life has been a little slower lately. Hope you’re staying safe & healthy! #KCACOLS
Thanks Britt x
Love this poem it’s spot on. I hope we do appreciate things more in the future. Human nature does seem to be to want whatever we don’t have. Thanks for sharing your great poem I really enjoyed it #KCACOLS
Thanks Jade x
Writing during this time is a really good idea.
And ending with a positive photo/memory is wonderful.
Thanks Melinda x
It has been so so hard hasn’t it. Writing my blog has kept me slightly sane during all of this ! #KCACOLS
Thanks for reading, Emma x
Fab poem! I hope you and yours are keeping sane through the midst of these crazy times! And what a lovely photo to end the post. x #MMBC
Thank you x