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'The World is Closed' poem update and New Year Greetings

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Hi everyone,

I'd been planning to post a New Year message and was looking for some inspiration, about the passing of the old year and the coming of the new one, when this poem suddenly flagged up again. Several newer members had recently read it and 'liked' it.

I was surprised to see that I'd first posted it 8 months ago and, at that time, had very little inkling that we'd still be enduring such restricted lives and be living with such a high level of danger of falling foul of COVID-19.

During the first period of lockdown when the poem got posted, there was a good deal of camaraderie out there in the world. A sense of pulling together and caring for each other and our world. Sadly, for so many reasons, most of this has now dissipated. It's hard to maintain high levels of cheerfulness in times of such frustration and danger.

We still have our heroes of the day, like Captain Tom Moore, and others who tackled the crisis by doing something amazing and constructive, and there was something very cheering about the way in which we all pulled together.

At Christmas I wished everyone hopefulness, and for New Year I think I'd like to wish us all patience. Nothing lasts forever. Not winter, not even life itself and almost certainly not an untamed COVID-19. With the coming of vaccines we have hope and now we just need the patience to get through the coming months, moving towards a brighter future.

And I want to thank all of our community members for being there for each other and making such a very valuable contribution to the well-being of us all.

So here's to a happier New Year and huge thanks to all who offer shoulders to cry on, humour, pictures and cheering words to help us all on our way.

Photo, Unsplash: Olena Sergienko

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Hi Sue, I read your post with interest, and its all true...... and there was anti-climax when I got to the end, but there was no poem attached, as I think I may have missed your original posting of it?

Hi Don, that was in a separate post, so just for you.... here it is again.

They said the world was closed today so I went to have a look,

I found it with the shutters down and the phone was off the hook.

So I stood there for a little while, but no one was around,

Then silence came and startled me with the most alarming sound.

I asked him where the others were, and why the streets were bare,

He whispered ‘Life had run away while death was playing there’

‘Oh no’ I said ‘It can’t be true for life is not afraid’

‘But no one ever goes’ he said ‘Where death has ever played.’

I understood and walked away as Hope was standing there

With Courage in her afterglow and the sunlight in her hair.

She said ‘Go home to those you love this is no place to be,

For if we walk these streets today then no one shall be free’.

She threw her light to lead the way and showed me where to go,

The very road that life had gone where the future flowers grow.

Then death showed me another way but I didn’t want to look,

So I stumbled home in time for tea and I read another book.

It was called The World is Closed Today and the streets we shouldn’t roam,

The first line said ‘Just please be safe’

And the ending - ‘Stay at Home’

~Author Unknown~

in reply to Callendersgal

That’s lovely, I think the longer this goes on the more it is affecting us all especially mentally, I know it’s trivial in the scheme of things but I have missed my holiday breaks this year so much, I don’t get out anywhere at home so look forward so much to going away and feel better physically afterward, now I feel really low and my pain is much worse.

As others have said. I don’t know what I would have done without this wonderful site with its amazing members who are here for each other no matter what , hopefully the new year will bring the vaccine and we may return to some sort of “normality “ thanks you to everybody, take care and keep safe 👍

Thank you for posting this thoughtful and uplifting message Sue. I was chatting to a friend yesterday and we were saying the same about how different people were during the first lockdown. I'm finding it increasingly difficult to be positive. I'd like to share in your thanks to everyone on here. I know it's kept me going through difficult times.Wishing you and yours a Happy and hopeful new year.Maria 💖🐰

Thank you Maria, and may your 2021 bring you more hope and positivity. 🌈🙏😊

I hope you had a an enjoyable Christmas Callendersgal with others, I enjoyed mine luckily I got to see my sister, niece and great niece, they are all the family I have left appart from mum of course who is bedridden permanently in our front room where I am sat right now.I couldn't agree more with your word's & sentiments Callendersgal you highlighted all the sad, frustrating & painful months of the horendous pandemic, & the damage it has caused, which sadly is still claiming inocent victims! Like you said though that the vacinnes coming our way are our greatest hope of suppressing the virus & hopefully eliminating it once & for all!

So that just leaves me to say, Wishing all our community members their families & friends best of luck in staying safe and alive in 2021 & beyond!

Happy & healthy New year everyone.🙏🤗🥰

Thanks Mikeman58 and glad to hear that you still have your dear mum there with you and had some family contact over Christmas. The turning of the year will hopefully bring a turn in fortune for all of us! 🙏🌈😊

Thank you for this uplifting g message Call. I feel a bit depressed like many other people. It has been a difficult year and there's still a way to go. I am so grateful to be part of this forum as it has been a lifeline for me and probably many others too. So for that I thank you and the other members.It is with hope that now we have a vaccine, it will give us that extra boost to enable us to to keep on track to carry on until the Virus is finally kicked into the back of beyond. Many, many thanks to you all.

My best wishes for a happy and healthy New year.


Thanks Chrys, wishing you strength to stay as positive as you can!🙏😊🌈

Great sentiments and very well put! And a big Thank You to you too! A very Healthy, Happy and Peaceful New Year to you. Xxx

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Veteran250 in reply to Niao

Thank you for the reprint Sue, and for your service to this community..... wishing for you and all of our members, a better Happy New Year2021.

Thank you for your lovely post and wishes. Also, many thanks for your wise words throughout this difficult period; always thoughtful, caring, uplifting and fair. Thank you. ❤️😊🌈

Wishing you and all those across the communities a better, happier and positive New Year. ❤️🥰

Thank you for this post! It is getting much more difficult to keep an upbeat attitude isn’t it. I don’t know where I’d be without this forum. I live alone but try to get out once a day to at least see other humans but it’s still very hard. I pray the new year will be better for the whole world!

Have you listened to “When Just The Tide Went Out” read by Max Boyce?

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Callendersgal in reply to

I hadn’t Hylda but I stopped off at YouTube to listen. What a great poem with pathos as well as humour. Thanks for flagging it up! I really enjoyed it 👍

This morning I was at a loose end after I had finished breakfast and I thought to myself shall I stay in and watch some TV or shall I go out again for some fresh air and exercise and fresh air and exercise won so off I went as I wasn't going to sit there sorry for myself and decided to save the films for later on and that I have done as well.

I sneaked out for a short walk to the local shop early for some bread and milk which is now well stocked again and had breakfast afterwards.

I felt loads better after exercise and fresh air in the local parks when I came back home so can watch TV now to my heart's content.

Thank you so much for your excellent post and very kind words. No truer word was spoken.

Alicia 🙏

Thank you so much for this very uplifting post. I too would like to thank everyone on this community for all your love and support this yest. I would like to wish you all a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.💜❤️💜❤️

Hi I am the proud another of ‘The World is Closed’ would you kindly add my name to the post and thank you once again for sharing my work - Peter D Hehir

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