A Covid Sonnet

Updated: Jun 15

by Natasha McDonagh

"I hate the daft man who makes us a herd / And who gets the illness but not the pain"

To my sister, the doctor


Hurry up, Harry, there’s rainbows in the

Windows and face masks in the gutter now,

Hurry up, you in the Facebook picture

Looking for connection not asking how -

They clap every Thursday because they don’t

Know what else to do, you go in without

“PPE” to talk to patients that won’t

Stop smoking, hearing Trafalgar Square shout.

I like the quiet, running water heard


Beneath London man holes after the rain.

I hate the daft man who makes us a herd

And who gets the illness but not the pain -

I wait for the day we learn to be one,

A day - just - good enough for our own sons.



Natasha McDonagh is a poet and musician from near Oxford based in North East London.


Images are part of Mike Downing's A Month Of Sundays: Covid-19 as Told by Webcams, a series of images documenting the changing spaces of urban living since the lockdown

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