NHS (thank you)
The youngest person to die today
Had the same name as my son
I flicked on the news by accident
Looking for some physical fun
Instead I got a cold hard punch
I almost doubled over with pain
While we are enjoying a garden lunch
Young healthy people are slain
There’s death on our doorsteps
Weaving through streets and parks
There’s death in our hospitals
Our carers and doctors are brave
Throwing themselves in the fray
Without basic equipment, having to
Listen to news of their colleagues
Paying the price, and doing it anyway
Tamara von Werthern is an award-winning playwright based in Hackney.
You can read more about the success of her dystopian short film, I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire, here.
Her play The White Bike, and climate change book Letters to the Earth, featuring her contribution, are available at Pages of Hackney bookshop on Lower Clapton Road, which is currently closed but still selling book tokens.