Postcards from Malthusia DAY SIX: Tony Williams

Sonnet-19

 

When I consider how I’ll pay my rent,

stuck all my days indoors and in my pride

without a talent now identified

as being essential by the government

to serve therewith my people, and resent

my uselessness, while others turn the tide;

“Would it really be so bad to go outside?”

I fondly ask. But patients, to prevent

That murmur, soon reply, “We must succeed

in slowing infections. Let the NHS

workers treat us; they serve us best. This state

is dormant: thousands at its bidding need

to homeschool, tend the garden, get some rest;

they also serve who only stand and wait.”

(with apologies to John Milton)

 

 

 

Tony Williams lives in rural Northumberland. His most recent book is Hawthorn City (Salt).

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