- So stop the clocks, and hush the dog.
- The curtains should be drawn.
- We'll cover mirrors with a veil
- but keep the telly on.
- We'll close the food banks for the day,
- The poor will go without.
- And cancer treatments are postponed,
- The sick can wait throughout.
- Eject the guests from Centre Parcs
- to join the mourning lines.
- We'll silence any protests,
- confiscating empty signs.
- The wealthy in the capital,
- their anguish on display,
- Their iPhones raised up in salute
- recording while they pray.____
by Albert Semple
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