This Year

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We are asking you to send us written records of your life in Oldham during the last year of the pandemic. Lesley Reece submitted this poem to Oldham’s Lockdown Museum.

Tick tock tick tock
Time passes so slow
Staring at the same 4 walls
With nowhere else to go
Day by day week by week
Then a year has gone
A year that seemed ever so bleak
Was so hard for everyone
But if you look deeper
You will remember the laughter
Not a perfect year by any stretch
But it’s not all been a disaster
Our plans may not have taken us
To where we’d like to be
Just living day by day
Can really help us see
The kindness of others
Who stop and say hello
The lonely ones who need your smile
In order to let theirs grow
We have seen clapping on the doorstep
All with our pans and pots
To let the NHS know
That we thank them such a lot
Not being able to see
Loved ones is very hard
Getting all your fresh air
From your very own back yard
The wearing of our masks
Has grown natural to me
The really extraordinary ones
Are such a joy to see
Birthdays and celebrations
Don’t have the same wow
But we all find different ways
To enjoy them anyhow
They say eyes are the windows
To see inside your heart
That is quite a good job
As you can only see that part
Helping out each other
Doing a good turn
Home schooling is a nightmare
Keeping kid still long enough
For them to actually learn
With limited access
For face to face contact
It is the hardest part
Human touch is what we lack
But we are all doing our bit
To get through this somehow
It’s just the way it has to be
For all of us for now
So don’t let those days slip away
Find reasons to smile
For when this is all over
You will have done things worthwhile
Not a day will be wasted
We have so much to learn
By showing support to each other
And doing a good turn
We can come out stronger
On the other side
For acting responsibly
We can turn this tide.

If you have written something which you would like us to record for future generations, you are welcome to submit it here.

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