Dear Readers (old and new),
A Happy New Year to you and I hope it will not be long before we’ve all received our jabs and we can safely give the Covid virus the middle finger; however, at the rate most countries seem to be performing it looks like that won’t be any time soon. For all us over here in the land of the rising sun, we won’t be getting our jabs until February or March. Perhaps later than March. Until then, all we can do is keep this terrible Covid virus away from ourselves, our loved ones and our friends and in order to do that we must continue to use common sense and remain extra vigilant at all times.
I was aiming to conclude my knee related story this week, but as I’ve been a bit busy today I didn’t have as much time to devote to tapping out all the words I wanted to tap out to do the story justice, so instead I’ve written a short poem for you all below which I hope you find both understandable and readable. Without fail, you shall be reading the conclusion to my knee story this time next week. Until then, remain safe, sane and secure and if you happen to be the owner of a hat why don’t you try wearing it in an unconventional way for a change; for example, turn it inside out (if possible) and wear it back to front or maybe even slanted sideways.
Safe, sane and secure
In these Covid times that we’re all living through, it’s not easy to remain safe, sane and secure, although we must all try to do.
Some people have already been jabbed with others still not knowing when it’ll be their turn.
Where you live in the world will determine when you will get your jab and whether you end up getting one or two.
The performances of many of the countries already administering the vaccine is a real cause for concern.
Out of fear and apprehension some countries are waiting and seeing so they can avoid making the same mistakes they can see being made.
School education has become less conventional, instead of being in the presence of a teacher, kids are now looking at a computer screen to learn.
Kids are zooming, assuming they live in household with a computer, but what do kids do in homes that don’t, how do they learn and from who?
Some parents are working remotely because they can, but others aren’t because they can’t and the ones that aren’t are more liable to lose their jobs.
Some parents are spending time at home with little more to do than worry about how they can make ends meet and with little to no income coming in that’s impossible to do.
Trying to remain sane at a time like this for those of us that can ill afford to live on less than the little we’ve learned to survive on for many years brings with it its own tears and despair.
Some schools are doing their best to remain open for the kids of essential workers and those less fortunate, but it’s proving difficult to do.
The number of people testing positive for Corona virus is rapidly increasing and the death toll continues rising with every passing day.
The price a lot of us are having to pay for the inability of others to understand that to get through this unscathed we have to walk side by side and hand-in-hand.
It’s not a time for one person to walk behind or in front of another, it’s about mankind showing compassion, coming together to help each other survive.
Because if we don’t start using a little more common sense more of us will end up dead than alive with a future of deep insecurity facing us all.
A poem by Stephen Austwick