Richard Constable

Lockdown 2020

Today is Britain's National Poetry Day, so here's a reminder of what we all experienced during Bangkok's curfew.


Today is Britain's National Poetry Day. 

It falls on the first Thursday of October every year, so I thought I would celebrate it by reminding everyone of those long days and nights we all experienced during Bangkok's curfew.

Students studying with their teacher, sadly could no longer be, sitting in their classrooms, content and comfortably.

Bangkok's busy streets emptied, with a desolate overview, as the government decreed, a strict and effectual curfew.

Among my primary hesitations, was at what cost, to necessitate isolation, our freedom would be lost.

A lockdown fell hard upon, with closures high and shutdowns low, some people's livelihoods were gone, whilst
others were furlough.

Monks in temples, chanted out into the evening air, meditation made them able, to soothe our feelings of despair.

Government testing restricted, increase of the infected, positive patients were quarantined, there was no vaccine.

So, our lonelier lives unrolled, Facebook, Line, Skype and Instragram,.with restraint to put on hold, one's life's future plan.

Whereas, I conversed on the social sphere, in discussion everyday, I always had to hear, what each friend had to say.

Often I would stay up late, merely just to contemplate, the population of the world, and what might now be its fate.

While later the realisation, these measures inflicted, the financial devastation, and suffering predicted.

People that did not receive, the government's assistance, tears fell as they could not believe, the divided indifference.

Between an overwhelming need, to feed themselves and survive, some felt beaten, having lost all reason, took their own lives.

Left on the front line to keep up the fight,
risking all on our behalf, undeterred in their plight, superb medical staff.

Thoughts of a selfless deed done, remain unknown, yet never by someone sung, this heroism only God is shown.



Comments

No comments yet

Post your comment

Comments are moderated and will not appear instantly.

Featured Jobs

NES or European Teachers

฿32,000+ / month

Songkhla


Native English Teacher for  May Start

฿38,000+ / month

Kamphaeng Phet


English Conversation Teachers

฿35,000+ / month

Thailand


English Communications Teachers for  May 2021

฿30,000+ / month

Thailand


Filipino Teachers for May Start

฿22,000+ / month

Thailand


Thailand Teaching Jobs (Ayutthaya and Bangkok

฿35,000+ / month

Ayutthaya


Featured Teachers

  • Jay


    British, 36 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Darius


    American, 59 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • John


    Filipino, 22 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Tim


    Russian, 31 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Ainest


    Filipino, 35 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Manilyn


    Filipino, 32 years old. Currently living in Philippines

The Hot Spot


Renting an apartment?

Renting an apartment?

Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.


Teacher mistakes

Teacher mistakes

What are the most common mistakes that teachers make when they are about to embark on a teaching career in Thailand? We've got them all covered.


The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?


Can you hear me OK?

Can you hear me OK?

In today's modern world, the on-line interview is becoming more and more popular. How do you prepare for it?


Will I find work in Thailand?

Will I find work in Thailand?

It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.


Contributions welcome

Contributions welcome

If you like visiting ajarn.com and reading the content, why not get involved yourself and keep us up to date?


Need Thailand insurance?

Need Thailand insurance?

Have a question about health or travel insurance in Thailand? Ricky Batten from Pacific Prime is Ajarn's resident expert.