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John Bird: Poetry or placards - we'll keep our message out there

Posted On: 6 Apr 2020   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

Scattered around the streets of my neighbourhood are churches with a new banner: “Try Praying”. Two within walking distance of each other suggest that we need this now. But hopefully not in place of masks and protection for our health workers who are often not protected by adequate supplies of masks and gowns, gloves and disinfectant swabs.
The danger of working on the front line has greatly increased with the amount of those succumbing to the virus. And we are only in the foothills of the illness, so we are told.
You may wish to pray for the improvements we could do with now, or you could write a poem. The First World War threw up some great poets and poems that resound to this very day. Perhaps it's time to help us survive our isolation, and the horror that we know is happening in our hospitals, by stopping and putting pen to paper.
Perhaps The Big Issue could itself run a poetry competition and publish poems about surviving the deadly virus, and the disabling isolation; as well as...

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