Who Are Our Heroes?
|This is a time when ghosts might walk.|
Families weep for loved ones,
dying alone in care homes.
Citizens sentenced to house arrest
peer from windows at empty streets.
Shoppers walk masked in fear
of an invisible killer among them.
Who are our heroes in time of need?
Not politicians mouthing platitudes,
letting decisions fall through fingers.
Not captains of industry, pocketing
millions, while sacking their workers.
Not the royals, shamed by a taint
of racism and a prince too fond of girls.
Today our heroes are scientists
in lab coats testing chemicals;
doctors and nurses, shrouded
in masks and visors like spacemen,
bending over the sick and dying;
volunteers delivering parcels
to needy families, answering
phone calls from the desperate.
These are our heroes in the time of Covid.