The Covid-19 virus outbreak of 2020 will forever be a pivotal part of human history. The impact was global and affected everyone on the planet. Here, in the UK, we managed the coronavirus in similar ways to other countries but also with a degree of Britishness that has defined us for centuries. Not that it was all good and it raised many issues about our culture and values.
Many have been affected by the virus and many thousands died. The impact on the nation, on families and our very own NHS was palpable and at times, almost too much to bear.
When you read just one poem it might touch you or amuse you. It is when you consider every subject that, without knowing, this has become a walk through our time in ‘Lockdown’ as this period will be forever known.
We have included alongside every poem an extract of the news headlines of the day to help you put the poems into some context.
Mike Bourton starting writing poetry in his late forties, in direct contrast with his life as an air traffic controller in the Royal Air Force and then running a business consultancy across the world. But his passion for poetry continued, comments on his life and the people and animals that share it with him.
Each poem is accompanied by his own illustrations or photographs, usually involving Bruce the Dalmation, together with the news headlines of the day.
Mike and Bruce are also radio presenters on the local radio station, Marlow FM, running a popular Saturday Breakfast request show.
What a lovely memento of such a challenging time for us all.
I love the way there is a mixture of humerous and emotional poems. The book captures a moment of history with the diary of the day’s headlines, a brilliant idea.
It makes poetry a pleasure for everyone, and as for Bruce, well he is the cherry on the cake.