Tuesday, 22 December 2020

Christmas Time

T'was the first Christmas night during Corona,
and across much of the world 
the unfolding nightmare continued.
The beastly virus changed and 
 mutated a spike protein that it uses
to bind a human receptor.
Nurses and doctors collapsed from exhaustion. 
Old folk aware of the dangers
tightly shuttered their windows, 
whilst awaiting a call for their vaccination,
an escape route from all the mayhem.
Now as the virus continues to spread,
father gathers his strength, 
mother hides her anguish from the children, 
but everyone pulls together on this
different Christmas journey.
But keep calm and carry on, 
the outlook appears far brighter  
apologies for any likeness to Clement Clarke Moore's poem
"T'was the night before Christmas"


  1. Well done, Rosemary. All the best for the holidays and for 2021. We all need a break from COVID!

  2. Hello Rosemary, I am certainly hoping that things will get better this year, and that I finally will be able to return to the U.S., although I am adopting a wait-and-see attitude.

    In the meantime, stay warm and safe, and have a relaxing time for the Holidays.

  3. Definitely keep calm and carry on. It’s what we do. Wishing you a brighter new year. B x

  4. Look on the bright side - at least we're not international lorry drivers or NHS workers!

  5. Dearest Rosemary,
    Well, for all those with travel plans or whatsoever it is not a good year's ending.
    But in all, the fear mongering has been far worse than the reality of this virus.
    Why in the world did nobody ever talk, write or warn about the yearly winter virus/cold that took so many lives of the elderly?!
    Too well I remember Mom's voice, every Sunday during winter time when we called, that they had had to sing with their choir yet again... for a requiem Mass that is and not for the much more loved 40th, 50th or 60th anniversary Mass. But all that went down in history in a silent way... nobody seemed to care; except the loved ones that lost an elderly member.
    Stay warm and cozy and positive!
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas.

  6. What a great summe up of the awful 2020 . Dear Hilda in spite of it all we still want to celebrate Christmas , and I wish you Happy and Serene Holidays . xxx

    1. Dear Rosemary ,so sorry I made a mix up with your name :-(

  7. Dear Rosemary,
    You are working magic. Your artwork is quite fabulous. Every element so artfully placed.
    The mutated version of the Corona Virus is even more deadly. Hopefully the vaccines have come in time to make a difference.
    Merry Christmas to you dear Rosemary and good health to you and yours.

  8. Your poetic skill is another of your talents, Rosemary! Well said and appreciated here. Thank you for all of your travel virtuosity that helped me control my desires to explore new places this past year! When I travel across the ocean I do plan on staying for at least three weeks so I can really get my "fill" of the new that awaits me! My trips are self-guided and very flexible! With your suggestions I may have to extend my next trip as there will be so many exquisite destinations to pack in! Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2021 to you and all of your extended family that we hear about now and then!

    Mary in Oregon

  9. Merry Christmas dear Rosemary and best wishes for a brighter New Year. And thank you for the excellent armchair travelling you provided me with this year. I can thank 2020 for that! xx

  10. Well said, dear Rosemary. What a nightmare it has been and continues to be. I wish you a Merry Christmas and good health and happiness for you and the whole United Kingdom for the coming year. We all look forward to a vaccine! Best Wishes, P.

  11. Got me thinking what rhymes with Covid or Corona? Merry Christmas.

  12. Dear Rosemary, in spite of everything, I wish to you and to your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, full of health, joy and peace.
    Take care and Best wishes

  13. Sadly, I think much of 2021 will mirror 2020, but I'm hoping by next Christmas we can all be together again. Wishing you a warm, safe and merry Christmas.

  14. Most enjoyable to read, Rosemary. This new virus strain is such discouraging news just as the vaccination programs are getting underway. We are planning a quiet Christmas and I'm rather looking forward to it, especially knowing that it won't be the norm for the future.
    Wishing you a most Merry Christmas. I always enjoy reading your blog.

  15. Thanks for your kind words, it is a miserable end of this year. Who could have imagined that we would end this way in a pandemie. Hope next year will be a hopeful one and wish you a Merry Christmas anyway.

  16. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and hoping that things improve in 2021.

  17. I do love your words, Rosemary - and wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We need courage and trust when we look into the future, and that I wish all of us. XXX Britta

  18. A thoughtful poem Rosemary. I'm trying to remain optimistic for a better 2021. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  19. Dear Rosemary,
    I hope you had a very Merry Christmas. Here's to seeing the back of 2020 and welcoming 2021! I hope it is a much happier year for us all.

  20. Thoughtful words Rosemary...we must hope next year will better for all of us!
    Warm hug from Titti

  21. Much more better year 2021. Hope the corona will go away soon.
    A big hug.

  22. It is cold and wet here for the last day of the year. Quite fitting to go out on a nasty note. We have been alone for the holidays and are so looking forward to 2021. We will receive our second dose of vaccine by the end of Jan and hope to travel around and see all of our daughters and grandchildren soon after.
    May your new year be joyous happy and safe....Janey


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