By Bob David Salter
These poems, nominated by Hannah Salter, are published in memory of Bob David Salter, who passed away from coronavirus in October 2020.
For Your Tomorrow
Tell me daddy.
What did you do in the war of 2020?
Was it heaven or was it hell?
Well my son, I and many, many others,
Brought love and hope, to those who weren’t so well.
So did you feel afraid daddy and want to come on home?
Oh no my child, I just counted my blessings,
Then I never felt alone.
Were you a soldier daddy, and did you have a gun?
Yes, I was a soldier, but I didn’t need a gun.
We fought with hearts and souls until the job was done.
Now tell me daddy please, of all the things you’ve seen.
Was it really awful? Did it chill you to the core?
No, my precious one.
I saw deeds by driven people that I’d never seen before.
I saw a wondrous army, dressed in green, in blue and brown.
I saw them fight against all odds.
Battle worn and weary until the sun went down.
I saw children in their gardens playing games with one another.
Laughing with their fathers and reading with their mothers.
I saw neighbour wave to neighbour, and to those not met before.
I saw smiling men and women, taking food from door to door.
I saw blue skies turn to red as the sun went down.
Once I shed a tear, with no one else around.
One day, when you’re older, I’ll talk more about the war.
Not about the bad things, but all the wonders that I saw.
Now go to sleep beside me, for tonight there is no sorrow.
And I’ll remember those who fought and won,
To bring you your tomorrow.
Norma Helen Sinclair.
(A Warrior for Our Time)
It was a good year, the year that Norma Helen Sinclair was born.
Her friends (of which there were many) always called her by her abbreviated name, NHS.
The year was 1948 and the first Olympic Games since the outbreak of WW2 were held in London, opening on July 29th.
Norma, or should I say NHS, was employed by the government to fill a newly created role, an important role, looking after the health of the nation.
Year after year Norma worked tirelessly, and without complaint.
She often went un-noticed by her friends, but she was always there for them when they needed her most.
There were times when the years were not always kind to Norma, years when she struggled to survive, but survive she did.
The year is now 2020,
And the world is under attack once more, a life and death struggle with an invisible foe. There are many parallels with 1948, the year that Norma was born.
*Unemployment, *Businesses under pressure, *The sick and the dying.
From out of the shadows an Angel steps up,
Norma in all her glory comes forward once again to protect us all.
This foe will be defeated, and when it is I hope that this government will say,
“Thank You! Thank you! Thank you! NHS, our good and faithful servant. Never again will you be forgotten.”
The moral of this story is: – Protect what you treasure, or one day you may lose it.
Hannah Salter: Bob Salter wrote these poems before he tragically passed away from the virus himself at the end of October. He wrote these both before he become ill and has written many poems over the years.
I’d love for these to be shared as widely as possible, in memory of a kind, funny and generous soul who always had time and energy for other people, in whatever capacity that was needed.