A Poem For A Modern Tragedy

I’m over at Esther Chilton’s blog, here, with a rather sombre poem… please go and say hi.

I wrote this after I listened to actress, Ruthie Henschell describing being allowed to visit and hold her mother one year after lockdown started and how her mother is now speechless and incapable of walking, all lost during her enforced isolation; a cruel death-in-life.

I’ve lost you to Covid.

In March we held hands. Shared memories and chocolates.

They closed the doors and the sun shone on the empty windows.

Your smile faded, like a slow sunset

Angry reds and bruised purples.

Others died and we maintained our unsocial distance.

Summer arrived, bringing hope and a new window,

The only rain battering it our tears as it stayed shut.

We locked gazes but we saw reflections of ourselves,

Just absences.

Our words drifted against the glass, familiar phrases beating that pane,

Deadened, turning you wordless.

Autumn’s bronzes set hard,

You sculpted yourself in your familiar seat

So still, breathing your silent despair.

Untouched.

We left winter’s bleak void for another hope:

A vaccine.

A new opening. A new promise.

Test, temperature and there you were.

I held you, those so familiar bony shoulders, tangy scent, that little scar.

But you’d gone, you’d left the building of your body.

A living breathing husk,

Mummyfied.

Saved by science, killed by kindness.

We shared treats but only I have the memories

And no one to share them with.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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34 Responses to A Poem For A Modern Tragedy

  1. Ritu says:

    So, so.poignant 🙏🏼😢💜

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  2. Ruth says:

    Just beautiful, Geoff ❤

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  3. Mick Canning says:

    Very well put, Geoff.

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  4. Of a world thus covidnated. Words so often fail but these got pretty close Geoff.

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  5. Erika says:

    Wow, that goes so deep. This is so well conveyed of how well-meant protection turns into a personal tragedy.

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  6. Sad poem but covers a sad situation so well. Thanks, Geoff.

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  7. and some are allowed to die because it is easier than to be encouraged to live…

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  8. barbtaub says:

    It’s heartbreaking how much of what makes us human has been put on hold by the pandemic. Someday it will be over, but how much will be gone forever?

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  9. So painful; thanks for sharing this with us!

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  10. JT Twissel says:

    How much we have lost … well done.

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  11. OMG Geoff…… this hit me in the gut.

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  12. I heard that too. Beautiful response.

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  13. willowdot21 says:

    Geoff this is just so very poignant and so true for so many. A beautiful poem on such a sad situation. 💜

    Like

  14. Norah says:

    Such a sad situation and only too true for far too many.

    Like

  15. KL Caley says:

    This is so touching. Beautifully captured. KL ❤

    Like

  16. Widdershins says:

    Well said, sir.

    Like

  17. Elizabeth says:

    I have never read such a perfect description of the choice to preserve life at the cost of losing the joy of being alive.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. trifflepudling says:

    If there were a Grayson’s Poetry Club, this would be in it 😔

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