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And bake until you run out of flour,
And wash your hands once an hour,
On the hour, for an hour.
This thing is loitering on your doorstep
Scratching at the weatherboard and the letterbox.
So are DHL, delivering your new bread maker,
But you’ve run out of flour,
And Tescos won’t deliver But for a little longer, please,
Stay at home and hope.
The poorly dressed blonde man,
Is poorly but still
Addresses the nation,
From self-isolation, saying please,
Stay at home and hope.
We know we’ll pull through
If we all work together,
But please work alone, from your home,
On the sofa or dining table
From your bed or your garden (If you can handle the cold)
It’s fun for a bit but soon gets old,
So we move room to room
In a tiring migration
Until we’re sat on the loo with our laptops
Still, we stay at home and hope.
This isn’t a joke, this isn’t a drill
We’re plagued with disease,
And without any pill
There were no alarms and
What there were we ignored
And now we confine our hopes
So what is together in this time of crisis?
Does anyone out there have the strength left to fight this?
Our nurses barely ever had time to breath
The whole NHS doesn’t have what it needs:
There’s a shortage of masks
And testing kits.
Would a few ventilators be too much to ask?
Please, stay at home and hope,
And cheer them on Thursday’s Clap from your windows
And fill them with rainbows!
Raise the roof for those who give more!
Which really, we should
Have been doing before.
Stay at home and hope but please
All that baking means the battle
Of the bulge is losing.
Once a day Maybe step outside
For exercise and be surprised
By polite little queues,
Notes stapled to trees,
By the presence of bees,
And the singing of birds,
That when we’re all out,
Is often not heard. Shop local. They need it more,
And ignore your urge to sit down in a bar,
This isn’t forever.
Sip wine and facetime
And stay at home
And catch your breath.
What was it you hoped for before all this mess?
Is it something that, now,
You have time to pursue?
Take stock (don’t stockpile)
And decide what you’ll do
When lockdown is lifted
And we’re all free to move.
Please, stay at home and hope.
Stay at home, but please hope.
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