Poetry Corner

1% and a round of applause

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak ‘clapping for carers’
Photo from creative commons
 
 

 1% And A Round Of Applause
  
 For all the zipped-up body bags,
 for carrying your country without pause,
 for tending all those beds,
 for tending to our dead
 you get 1% and a round of applause.
  
 For willing breath into spent lungs,
 snatching life from death’s sure claws,
 for working without sleep,
 digging in, digging deep,
 you get 1% and a round of applause.
  
 For walking through a hurricane,
 the thanks from they who make the laws:
 (a quick roll from a drum kit)
 you can like it or lump it,
 it’s 1% and a round of applause. 

Harry Gallagher 2021

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