Anne was recently alerted to this wonderful poem Lets All Drink to Lockdown written by New Zealand poet Jan Beaumont.
A special thank you to Jan Beaumont for agreeing to let us publish her poem on our blog. We are sure you will be seeing more poems from this very talented New Zealander.
Lets All Drink to Lockdown
By Jan Beaumont ©
I’m normally a social girl
I love to meet my mates
But lately with the virus here
We can’t go out the gates.
You see, we are the ‘oldies’ now
We need to stay inside
If they haven’t seen us for a while
They’ll think we’ve upped and died.
They’ll never know the things we did
Before we got this old
There wasn’t any Facebook
So not everything was told.
We may seem sweet old ladies
Who would never be uncouth
But we grew up in the 60s –
If you only knew the truth!
There was sex and drugs and rock ‘n roll
The pill and miniskirts
We smoked, we drank, we partied
And were quite outrageous flirts.
Then we settled down, got married
And turned into someone’s mum,
Somebody’s wife, then nana,
Who on earth did we become?
We didn’t mind the change of pace
Because our lives were full
But to bury us before we’re dead
Is like red rag to a bull!
So here you find me stuck inside
For 4 weeks, maybe more
I finally found myself again
Then I had to close the door!
It didn’t really bother me
I’d wile away the hour
I’d bake for all the family
But I’ve got no bloody flour!
Now Netflix is just wonderful
I like a gutsy thriller
I’m swooning over Idris
Or some random sexy killer.
At least I’ve got a stash of booze
For when I’m being idle
There’s wine and whiskey, even gin
If I’m feeling suicidal!
So let’s all drink to lockdown
To recovery and health
And hope this bloody virus
Doesn’t decimate our wealth.
We’ll all get through the crisis
And be back to join our mates
Just hoping I’m not far too wide
To fit through the flaming gates!
A little about Jan
I live in a retirement village in Auckland NZ. I worked in the UK, Canada and US when I was younger and haven't written anything since I lived in New York City in 1968.
I've always been a lover of words as well as humour and on a whim, one afternoon, I decided to put them together. I feel the lightheartedness of the poem in this time of worldwide uncertainty and concern was the reason people really seemed to relate to it.
I'm just happy I've made so many smile!
To conclude let's enjoy some 1960s images from New Zealand.
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