In the beginning
I was outside with the neighbours,
clapping, banging saucepan lids,
full of enthusiasm,
showing our appreciation
for our wonderful health service.
I stayed on the settee;
I couldn’t go out.
I couldn’t bear to cheer them
to their possible deaths.
Jenni Wyn Hyatt was born in Maesteg, Wales, in 1942, but now lives in Derbyshire, England. She has had poems published in ‘The Lyric’ and elsewhere. She has published two collections, ‘Perhaps One Day’ (2017) and ‘Striped Scarves and Coal Dust (2019).