Kind Words by Poet Steve Wallis

Many thanks to poet Steve Wallis for penning this verse in tribute to our local area’s response to coronavirus:

Kind Words

Seasoned by sweet, slow-creeping time
farm fresh, free range, matured in oak
with a dash of willow, ash and lime
and just a hint of musket smoke

The Downs have flavoured Berkshire folk
with bounteous good grace
so when covid spread its lockdown cloak
we met it face-to-face

Adapting at a rapid pace
to meet the needs of a new condition
organisations long in place
rolled their sleeves up for this mission

Schools delivered online tuition
Penny Post kept on top of it all
Volunteer centres made a smooth transition
councils didn’t drop the ball

Those who had the wherewithal
helped those who had a need
we worked via video conference call
(if we had the broadband speed…)

Those that were able did some good deed
with skill and ingenuity
because we’ve got the spirit to succeed
when we isolate in unity

A landscape is only opportunity
it’s the people that are key
to a flourishing community
I hope you’ll all agree

So by the power vested in me
as a poet, I declare
the Berkshire Downs an Area
of Outstanding Natural Care.

Photo: Freeman’s Marsh, Hungerford by Phil Hatfield

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