Reaching For Freedom
by Maureen Sawtell
Taking first tentative steps to freedom
Following the recommended roadmap
Whilst supporting each other through zoom and WhatsApp
Savouring each momentous milestone
Hoping that soon we can meet and greet
After being so long alone.
Our hair may be cut, flabby muscles retoned
As they reopen beauty salons and gyms.
For local pubs and bars, is the end now in sight
Have they got the green light?
For our pints, g & t’s, even Pimms.
Soon there will be theatres, concerts and cinemas to view
Libraries, zoos and museums to mention just a few.
There’s Old Trafford, the Ethiad and Anfield and more
Fans anxious to cheer their heroes
To sing and applaud every score.
When we emerge from our various lockdowns
After the trauma and deprivation
Desperate to see, to be with our loved ones
Maybe able to plan a new “staycation”.
Stop, midst all of the celebration
To spare a thought for all who were lost.
For families still grieving, still counting the cost.
After all of our jabs will we really be free
Will the dreaded Covid ever let us be?
Or is it lurking, waiting, ready with another wave.
We must stay safe; keep faith
Maybe sing like our sailors at sea.
To “Our Eternal Father strong to save
Whose arm doth bind the restless wave?”