Remembrance Day 2020
Assemblage in chasubles and dark suits
Around polished black slab of Belgian stone
Beneath which there lies, forever alone,
The unknown soldier: Thus today recruits
The past into service. Busbied guardsman
Bugles ‘The Last Post’. In this way he
Brings the nation to attention to see
Their glorious dead on parade again.
All on TV, of course, this covid year,
When death, once more, has not been glorious.
But, while it seemed relentless, victorious,
Workers were key, stood firm, overcame fear
On wards, in care homes and labs, wherever
Was a need for workers to deliver.