L. B. Mek

A perfect vision’s year, of Stark reflection

Our generation’s London, never knew bomb sirens

instead, we had handclaps, each Thursday: at Eight.

A shared fear of death tolls 

only, without shrapnel’s tones.

 

Disarming

that lull of evergreen Spring

resorting to peeping nature’s scents 

from our window ledges of isolation.

 

Our war zone virus, traversing global boundaries

armed, with a single mandate of unquenchable aggression.

A trail of indiscriminate devastation distorting our vision’s

unable to look past those darkening clouds, in our mind.

 

Desperation, marinating apprehension’s festering thoughts

left hoping

for a vaccine salvation

and not: another Hiroshima ending.

 

Back then, Sir Churchill mirrored a nation’s resolve 

when boldly claiming:

‘’we shall! Never surrender’’.

While our ever-present Queen, reassured her nation

when promising:

‘’we will! Meet again’’.

 

Onwards then

to our survival song ‘Ciao’ COVID-19;

‘Ciao’ 2021’s invitingly blank canvas

let Our renaissance: commence!

 

 

© L. B. Mek

May 2020

Comments10

  • dusk arising

    Reads like a turn on a sixpence from deep depression to a celebration of a (yet to be seen) conquering and survival of the covid beast.

    As a very young kid i lived in greater london and they used to use those old air raid warning sirens in the 50's as some kind of time signal for factory workers. I remember hearing them regularly.

    Should we be perhaps tanking china for bringing forth some forgotten Brit strength of character in the solidarity we showed en mass in the face of this oppression. Our finest hour? It's all down to interpretation of course but such pieces as yours today will serve as a testament to the spirit of this Brit population amid this pandemic.

    • L. B. Mek

      Brilliantly distilled, interpreting the core sentiment's in my scribble with eloquence and brevity. Thank you - as ever, for your insightful and measured comment my friend

    • Suresh

      There's always hope, human kinds greatest strength, as envisioned by your words

      • L. B. Mek

        Indeed! thank you for the positivity and supportive comment

      • Jerry Reynolds

        Feeling hopeful as well. Stay Safe.
        Happy Holidays. Good read.

        • L. B. Mek

          'let's face the music: and dance' lol
          thanks Jerry, Happy Holidays

        • ANGELA & BRIAN

          BRIAN HERE ~ Good Evening Friend ~ Thanks for a very elegant Poem giving a comparison of the COVID 19 Pandemic & WW2 ! I was born in 1983 so for me & my Generation WW2 was 50 year old history ! My NANA (who is 90+ and lived through the Liverpool Blitz) said *At least in WW2 we could see the enemy ~ and if they got too close we could shoot them ~ and we didnt have LOCKDOWN !* COVID is different we cant see it but it is killing hundreds Globally every day ! Now we have a VACCINE we can see the Light @ the end of the COVID TUNNEL ! Please check our Poem today *THE INCARNATION* Thanks A & B !

          Bleassings & Peace to You & Yours
          Love Angela Brian & Smokey ! ! !

          • L. B. Mek

            hey Brian, hope Angela and Smokey doing great, can always tell if I posted something imbued with positivity if it grabs you or Angela's attention, lol
            thanks for taking the time to comment and support, stay safe and keep sharing your much needed positivity

            • ANGELA & BRIAN

              Thanks Friend ~ Our main MANTRA (inclucing Smokey !) is always *Power of Positive Thinking* AMEN !

              Blessings ~ Angela Brian & Smokey ! ! !

            • Doggerel Dave

              Moaning Minnie – many times I heard that thing go off;
              Here what alerts us most now is someone else’s cough.
              We can do nothing more but hope that vaccine works out
              Though let’s not yet be too keen but leave some room for doubt;
              Without caution dashed hopes could be once more to follow:
              Let us wait and see – just hope for the best tomorrow.

              Dave

              • L. B. Mek

                agree with you Dave, tentative decisiveness is the ideal approach to a time of chaos and uncertainty. I just thought a bit of whimsical positivity might help tempt a few more of us into the 'holiday' spirit, especially after such a gruelling year...
                thanks for the great comment, much appreciated

              • MendedFences27

                I grew up during the Polio devastation and remember the sense of relief when that vaccine was finally found. I was 17 and in the Navy.
                Your poem brought back the sense of relief. Someone said " I'll be staying up late on New Years Eve, not to celebrate, but to make sure 2020 leaves." I think we all look forward to better times. - Phil A.

                • L. B. Mek

                  yeah, we be a stubborn lot, don't easily take the count way out, mainly because we've learnt from first blink, to intrust in tomorrow's blank canvas of possibility: gifted by Aurora's ever-rejuvenating: greeting, lol
                  thanks for sharing your insightful comment, that '...2020 leaves' statement is one I can identify with strongly

                • Goldfinch60

                  Onwards indeed Mek.

                  Your words are so strong and take us through this dreadful year.
                  I will be out there at midnight on New Years Eve looking forward to the New Year and toasting the wonder that it will bring.

                  Andy

                  • L. B. Mek

                    Amen! Let us all choose a night of whimsical gaiety over those fruitless moments wasted contemplating misery's certainty. We just need to stay as safe and merry as we can possible be, and let 'what will be: simply, be'... lol
                    thanks for the positive vibes Andy, salud mi amigo

                  • Dove

                    Well penned as always! Nice to see a bit of history, with the history in the making, Beautiful merge of past to present time! Enjoyed the read

                    • L. B. Mek

                      always an added treat to hear from you my talented Poet, truly appreciate your support and encouragement,

                      • Dove

                        Thanks for your kind words! Much appreciated! Best to you!

                      • RDS

                        Ah you paint a dark picture L. B. before calling on Churchills spirit then metaphorically sticking two fingers up to covid and the disastrous spectre of 2020. A great little read thanks.

                        • L. B. Mek

                          lol, summarised in the words I would have chosen myself, if I would have been gifted your Poetic powers, lol
                          F'ck COVID-2020, WE WILL: prevail!
                          as always, thanks for support and encouragement

                        • Robert Haigh

                          2021 must surely be much better than 2020. The vaccines are starting to come through, and yet -- amazingly -- a recent survey showed that almost half the British population may refuse to take an anti-Covid vaccine! I'll be ready and waiting for my jabs when they are offered. A good, positive poem, L.B.

                          • L. B. Mek

                            you know, though it seems illogical, if anyone spends a few minutes looking at past 'issues' people have been subjected to - regarding vaccines, a part of me understands the hesitancy, especially when you read the liability concessions the UK government gave the pharmaceutical companies producing this vaccines, because the testing period was fast tracked...
                            still, I'll be queuing for my jabs as well Robert, lol
                            thanks for the encouraging comment, glad you could connect with the positivity I was going for



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