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December 1, 2021

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I tend to trust people who care,

who demonstrate they have no agenda,

but to be kind and fair.


From them I hear words wise and true,

and they say about Covid,

this is what we should do.


Look to enhance what nature has given,

our natural defence against all things viral.

Eat well, stay active – preferably in sun and air,

and be kind – thus avoiding a downward spiral.


It’s the fence atop the cliff,

that if maintained saves you time and work lost,

makes you feel better, with clearer mind –

thus saving the Health System billions in cost.


But not a word have I heard of this practical advice,

from those who say they know best.

Not a word of encouragement to build de fence –

just, ‘Come to our ambulance, and resume the fest’.


To trust another quick-fix,

another clever way to cheat cause and effect,

that requires a second jab, and how many more?

With unknown long term side effects.


Covid is an effect, so it has a cause,

It’s one of the universes’ laws.

Cleverness addresses effects;

Intelligence address cause.


I’m not against vaccination, or other band-aids,

as few completely escape their need,

but to use them just to remove symptoms,

just invites another harsher – until we heed.


At best it’s another plug in the dam wall,

containing the vast waters of human wanting.

A plug battling water’s constant pressure,

creating effects increasing daunting.


So how long is it likely to work,

battling our constant wanting, some call sin?

Better to go into the water and use it’s pressure –

to hold the plug in.


John Kersten, Mullumbimby

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  1. There are probably many effects achieved by the choice to write in verse rather than prose. The use of rhythm, rhyme and meter can be used to great comic effect – think of the common Limerick form or far more sublime examples like Alexander Pope’s “the Rape of the Lock”.

    Most often though it’s used for the sensual aural experience which can add to the pathos and profundity of the full range of emotions – joy in the beauty of nature, grief and horror at the experiences of war or a single death and then of course it’s a tradition medium for the expression of love. Then there’s the longer narrative form eg “the Man from Snowy River”.

    Verse can give us the experience at the sheer beauty of language and awe at the writer’s craft. It has its limitations though for exploration of complexity. At the risk of being overly prescriptive, I’d suggest there are good reasons why verse is not a common choice nor a particularly illuminating medium for much scientific discourse.

        • Actually, rather than being “Shakespearean “ it is a play written by the chap, Shakespeare.
          Sometimes beneficial to realise one is not as brilliant as one might think.

          • I think you could say it’s both Barry. Never mind you haven’t answered my query about your point. Or was your typically minimalist and cryptic observation meant to, once again, demonstrate how disdainfully clever you are?

            My rather roundabout observation was a attempt at being kind. Truly 😇


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