I wrote this 8 years ago for the Dubai Irish Society annual when I was their chairperson. At the time it was referencing the end of the recession that we were all experiencing. However, it seems to be just as relevant now.
Oh, and just so that I can manage your expectations. My twitter bio says that I am a woeful poet and I try to maintain that standard at all times.
Covid Christmas 2020
Our country is kneeling at the altar
It’s promising to comply, to never again falter
The craic and the laughter seem to fade away
But the spirit of our country is only fleetingly held at bay
Our history and our courage will always stand us in good stead
Our love for our country is in our hearts and in our head
We have been through much worse with our heads held high
The love for my country brings a tear to my eye
The diaspora champion our country with their might charm and cheer
Reminding everybody why the Irish are held so dear
This challenge will not define us but will only increase our might
The spirit of our country is our burning brightest light
Covid Christmas, We got this
So, shall dis dancing (social distancing) be ok?
Or shall I move further away?
I want to gel with folks
Not buy hand gel and fear I croke
Must I buy a meal with my pint?
Can I not just drink and be ‘ag caint?’
Sesame Street’s’ Grover’ explains ‘near, far ‘
But I just want to drive forever in my car.
I am desperate for a hug
And a snog in a snug
We are good at our compliance
But I need some feckin romance
We’ll get through this but we have lost so many
We’ll light a candle for a euro, when once it was a penny
Santa is Covid safe and so are his crew
Even the naughty will get presents too
We will slay this virus and live free again
Once we have one another all our efforts are not in vain.
Sesame Street-Near, far (A fav of mine from when I was a kid. And now, also. To be honest, even more so now)