#UCTLockDownLetters is a new feature on the University of Cape Town (UCT) news site. Staff, students, parents of students: we want to hear about your experiences of work and life in lockdown. Emails, audio and video clips, prose and poetry are also very welcome. This is your space.
This contribution comes from Emeritus Professor John Bolton, a senior research scholar in the Department of Biological Sciences. He wrote this on the last day of lockdown level 4.
31 May 2020
Lockdown’s a miserable state
You sit and you wait, then you wait …
You feel such a loner
As you wait for Corona
To avoid it, now that would be great
It was once just a Mexican beer
Tasted awful, but nothing to fear
Corona’s a brand
That could have been banned
But beer was banned anyway, here
It’s not a good time to be male
Or old, or with parts that may fail
Blood vessel rigidity
We all feel increasingly frail
I drag myself out of my bed
Early morning, a brisk walk instead
But all down the road
Gagged in facemasks they strode
Feels like I’m in ‘Shaun of the Dead’
We hope soon the last will be seen
Of murderous Covid-19
A year maybe, or two
Like the old Spanish flu
Corona will be a has-been
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