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GagaJo Thu 16-Apr-20 13:47:31

'Our NHS’ by the wonderful Michael Rosen who has recently been taken out of ICU but is still in hospital recovering from coronavirus.

These are the hands
That touch us first
Feel your head
Find the pulse
And make your bed.
These are the hands
That tap your back
Test the skin
Hold your arm
Wheel the bin
Change the bulb
Fix the drip
Pour the jug
Replace your hip.
These are the hands
That fill the bath
Mop the floor
Flick the switch
Soothe the sore
Burn the swabs
Give us a jab
Throw out sharps
Design the lab.
And these are the hands
That stop the leaks
Empty the pan
Wipe the pipes
Carry the can
Clamp the veins
Make the cast
Log the dose
And touch us last.

AGAA4 Thu 16-Apr-20 16:36:12

Lovely poem. My nurse daughter has done all these things and sat holding the hands of those breathing their last on their own to give them comfort.
Thank you Gagajo

suziewoozie Thu 16-Apr-20 16:55:12

There was a thread on MR a little while ago which included his reading this poem. There’s been no update on Twitter from his family for over a week when the news didn’t sound all that hopeful - has anyone seen anything more upto date?