Dock leaves

Dock leaves

I’ve got a bag of pasta,
Tomatoes in a tin
an extra pack of loo rolls,
the ultimate new sin.

I can’t get any hand wash,
Baked beans are rare as gold
And everyone is worried
As we protect our old.

We watch out for the symptoms,
A sore throat and a cough.
And we avoid the handshakes
Life now is getting tough.

We’re following the guidelines
And up and down the land,
We’re singing Happy Birthday
As we lather up our hands.

And if we are out shopping
To see what’s left in town,
If we see someone sneezing
We step away and frown.

Schools might soon be closing
Parents buy up gin,
Weeks and weeks of boredom
The future’s looking grim.

Many will be worried
That they can’t earn any money,
And for all those little businesses
This time is far from funny.

But stop and look around you
There is blossom on the trees,
The birds haven’t stop singing
We have butterflies and bees.

Use this latest crisis
To step back from the strife,
The pressures of your workplace
And reassess your life.

Spring is around the corner,
feel that gentle breeze
And when we have no paper,
There’ll be plenty of dock leaves.

Jan Millward©

About the author

janm
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I live in a tied cottage on a farm in rural Dorset. I work as an activity coordinator in a local care home, organising everything from visiting donkeys to trips out to the seaside! I have always been involved in agriculture. I love travelling, gardening , reading and I also have taken to writing poetry. I have just published my 3rd book which is something I have always wanted to do! My books are available on Amazon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jan-Millward/e/B0189K8IT2/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

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Munsterlander
16th Mar 2020
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Funny poem Jan and when I was a mere boy I have to admit a few dock leaves were used when I was a scout. Took me back 55 odd years.
Kes
16th Mar 2020
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Excellent poem Jan. You covered everything, even our bottoms. Thank you for your wit and wisdom.
nanabet48
16th Mar 2020
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Janm - that is brilliant! Very true and with a humorous twist. Thank you.
Gwen45
16th Mar 2020
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love this poem Janm
Yodama
16th Mar 2020
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A glimpse into today's troubled times Jan, lovely poem and so very true.
Dock leaves? hmmm think I will pass.
Nannypink
16th Mar 2020
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Love this timely piece
Silversurfer9
16th Mar 2020
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Absolutely brill, may you never mistake one for a nettle
wallers2
16th Mar 2020
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Very good & topical.
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What an uplifting poem Jan ... just what we need, especially today with the new announcement for over 70s! Thank you for sharing this with our community .. I will post it on our Facebook page, and share your positivity. 🙂

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