Not quite there yet
Lenora’s latest poem takes an optimistic view, looking at how life in the village has changed and looking forward to hugs when we emerge from lockdown.
KAPITI – OUR VILLAGE
From a coronavirus creating havoc, heartbreak and fear
To people we may not know, and to family we hold dear.
Some of our children have lost their jobs, grandchildren affected too
We want to help anyway we can, it’s hard to know what to do
When this is all over it will take months, perhaps many more
For daily life as we once knew it to continue as before.
But on a more positive note there were things that we could do
Stay home, stay safe, stay in your bubble, and this we all did too
People found ways to cope with feelings of being lost and alone
Turning to social media, neighbourhood support, and working from home.
For Village management and all the Staff, a change to their vocation,
While we were in lockdown and on an enforced vacation,
They turned their hand to health care, policing, and food delivery
And learned about our dietary needs, no longer a mystery.
The ‘flu jab day ran like clockwork, it became a celebration
of meeting other residents who were also in isolation.
A quick squirt of hand sanitizer, the chairs
of equal 2 metre distance to keep us safely apart and at bay.
A short chat with our friends, a jab, a rest in the Blue Room
Then home to our refuge, a little excitement in our day.
The sharing of toys and teddies, and the memories they invoke
Of personal feelings, sad or cheerful, some store bought or bespoke.
Some knick knacks on letter boxes also had a story to tell,
It was surprising the conversations these items did invite
It worked very well.
People learned of new ways, through the Internet
To connect to friends and neighbours with a visual effect.
Facebook, Facetime, Skype, Zoom and Messenger too
Brought the whole world and families closer to you
Activities like music and exercise, could continue to be done
It’s become a popular way to share photos etc, with everyone.
A new Chef joined the crew, the job was not quite what he expected
We missed the smell of fresh ground coffee and sweet treats selected
He turned his hand to providing cooked meals, tasty and nutritious
Delivered post haste by the hardworking staff, and they were delicious.
When life returns to normal, or whatever becomes normal now,
Seniors will need to learn to give the Internet a rest somehow.
Overseas travel will be restricted, we’ll have to see our own country first
Adapting to a new daily routine is something we may curse.
The one thing I will be looking forward to..
When from this worldwide Covid-19 we recover,
Is to share a hug with family and friends
And that now, maybe, this pandemic is all over.