By Webteam - 17th April 2020 6:08am
This wonderful piece by our very own ADCA poet has been brought to you via the marvels of modern technology.
Handwritten on a handy piece of parchment using a quill pen, put into an envelope, left outside her front door for collection by a lycra-clad ADCA volunteer on a penny-farthing bicycle and then sent by pigeon post to Madeley Towers for typing up on an old Remington, which luckily happened to be connected by a thin piece of copper wire to a....
And then via the miracle of the internet to AudlemOnline.
This is not a poem — I just needed to write something!
"Ain't Life a Ball When You are Over Seventy"
I find it rather good to be lazy! (No choice at the moment)
Get up each morning whenever it suits — then eat what I fancy (Providing there's plenty in the pantry)
Have a cuppa later, tea, coffee or hot choc — with a Jaffa Cake or 2
Maybe a drop of Tia Maria (My Favourite) -depends on my mood.
But — who wants to do any of these delights -
When we're "confined to barracks"?
Friends and family are obliged to stay outside,
Keeping their distance when they come "a calling"
It doesn't seem fair! Groceries and other necessities must be delivered and left on the doorstep — to be picked up later — followed by another vigorous hand wash!
My phone and my mobile are a saving grace
I seem to spend a good part of my day — talking?
The outside world brought indoors, for a while!
Not many folk had helplines during W.W. II
So our neighbours were always ready for a chat
Over the garden fence or while waiting in a queue!
Queuing was a good place to gather wartime news and fears! The wireless gave us news each day too.
This fear we have with us now, is a virus, it is silent stealthy and dangerous
But it packs the same fear as wartime — A fear of the unknown.
God willing, we will carry on as before
And be thankful.
Jessie — April 2020
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
An in-depth under-cover operation by your tireless AoL investigative team found that all three village pubs were open on schedule today for the first time in many weeks.The Bridge Inn, the Shroppie Fly and the Lord Combermere are all expecting to welcome back thirsty customers within the limits allowed by social distancing.In fact it was very quiet at 12 noon, and Peter, who lives on a Canal...
Audlem Festival of Transport 2020It will be no surprise to you all that this year we are unable to stage our annual Audlem Festival of Transport following government guidelines. We are disappointed but your safety will always be our priority.Next year we will be back with both the Party on the Park and the Festival of Transport when we will be able to party in style and celebrate emerging...
Stay Connected at Audlem St James CE Primary SchoolThis week again I felt more like a Headteacher as we welcomed Year 6 back. We have seen over 80 children back this week which has been fantastic and lovely to feel more children in school. The warmth from the children and parents has been amazing and it has been reciprocated from staff. A letter has gone out that over the next few weeks we...
Tuesday 7th Jul
Monday 6th Jul
Methodist Meeting Rooms