Familiar now...

Familiar now...

A Poem by Gee
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How sudden change affects our lives.

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Familiar now the rattling sound
the clip and clop of hooves
that echo in deserted streets
off X marked doors and roofs

Familiar now the once macabre
the sight of piled high shrouds,
that sway along to piebald beat
'neath pandemics grief filled clouds.

Familiar now the mass filled trench
the acrid plumes of death,
that carry souls to rest on high
in a spiralling stench filled breath.

Familiar now the armed patrols
the rationing and fear,
as pandemic causes sudden change
to all that we hold dear.


© 2020 Gee


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I like the way you mix the old plague type lines with the new plague some great images in this, Gee and great metre and rhyme, spiralling stench filled breath is a great line, you're no as daft as you make out, great poem

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Gee

3 Weeks Ago

I like people to arrive with low expectations so as to avoid any disappointment :)
Thanks Gra.. read more
I really like the depth of this write, nicely done

Posted 1 Month Ago


Gee

1 Month Ago

Thank you kindly ma'am
I loved the rhythm of this piece! It also reminds me of the scene from Monty Python's Holy Grail. Great imagery and a good poem!

Posted 3 Months Ago


Gee

3 Months Ago

Thank you kindly Liam
And thus it is, and thanks to a bug so tiny that tens of thousands of them can cluster on the head of a pin, the wheels have effectively come of our high tec world.

Much will be said and written and there will be many a post mortem on what actions were taken by nations, when this is all over. But in the end, nothing can bring back those who already have, and those who sadly will lose their lives. And how ironic it is, that an organism that itself cannot actually survive without a host body is the cause of so much death and destruction.

On a personal note, my sister is a doctor and she tells me, that despite government assurances, PPE is in constant short supply at the hospital where she works, and that some suppliers have ramped prices so high, that it is criminal. High time perhaps that our government stepped in to stop such disgaceful and uncaring profiteering, which is clearly putting the lives of those in the front line at great risk.

Beccy.



Posted 3 Months Ago


Gee

3 Months Ago

It will be a case of to little far to late by the time this ppe farce is resolved.
We have a.. read more
A familiar pandemic
we much rather not
be familiar with..seems
the fear and anxiety is
over the top..people
overreacting instead
of just acting with caution
destruction comes in
many forms. to the mind
body and soul ..well penned
Piece here Gee..



Posted 3 Months Ago


Gee

3 Months Ago

Thank you Fran Marie
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A very fitting poem for our times, dear Gee! You have certainly created an eery atmosphere in this one, taking us back to the days of the Spanish Flu and before that the Black Plague of medieval times. I wonder how the people reacted to the situation back then, given our terribly panicked reactions around the world today. They had it much worse as we all know now in hindsight. In it's brevity, this is a wonderful poem....rhythmic and smoothly rhymed. One so appropriate and relevant as well. Much enjoyed!:))

Posted 3 Months Ago


Gee

3 Months Ago

Hi Jamila, thank you. Schools all closing Friday followed by many a business I would think !
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Yes, scenes from the black death, the dreaded plague. You have painted a most bleak picture of how it was back in the days when the streets of London were stinking and rat infested. The suffering must have been appalling and that was living through it. Death brought you release. Hopefully we have learned a few lessons since then and those who are panic buying and hoarding for the next six months come to realise how selfish they are. Shopped in Henley on Monday, nothing like the scenes my grandson told me about in the supermarkets in Reading over the weekend where shelves were completely emptied. Supermarkets need to get a grip and quickly. They can stop it. A most sombre write Gee, full of bleak imagery. Take care.

Chris

Posted 3 Months Ago


Gee

3 Months Ago

Hi Chris thanks. Just waiting for all construction to be halted then I can watch the slow but sure s.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Months Ago

Ink seems to be in shell shock, things moving each day so rapidly. I have had a cold, no temperature.. read more
Love this reminds me of the plague or Spanish flu 🤧
Well done
Very sombre sad grieving for better times

Posted 3 Months Ago


Gee

3 Months Ago

Thank you Julie.
Wildfires then this eh !!
Hope you are well
The images in this one seem to harken back to an earlier time, possibly one or both of the world wars. The rationing of those times compares to the current shortages due to the pandemic. Hopefully we will be able to avoid the trenches full of dead of Verdun and the Somme. A poem for our time.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Gee

3 Months Ago

Thank you John
I think there is a touch of hysteria going around at the moment. I chose therefore to think about the far worse plagues of history when I read this and found it fitted perfectly. The various bubonic episodes for instance.Dire, horrific and spendidly written. Just not got there yet and can't help but think that in many cases. Not with you I hasten to add over reaction is the key here. And a wish perhaps by the media etc to make political capital. Selling papers now they have wrung out the flood and global warming story.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Gee

3 Months Ago

Over reaction on a grand scale, and selfishness beyond belief by the hoarders
Thank you Ken,.. read more

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