COVID POETRY CORNER: “Long-Term Care in the Province of Ontario during these COVID times”

Long-Term Care in the Province of Ontario During COVID Times

Residing in a long-term care residence in Ontario is not so good
Over the years have they been managed by hoods?
Chronic budget cuts
by political and bureaucratic mutts
apparently perfunctory inspections were the rule
moldy Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist gruel
our elderly and frail are taking a deadly hit
or left lying in their shit
a long term care commission was formed and they asked for an extension to prepare a full report
but Minister of Long Term Care gave no as a retort
Could it be a rushed report amounts to a weak attempt at a governmental cover up
Please don’t treat the public like a stupid pup
Who is to blame
those playing the cost cutting game
those people are always the same
to the family of the residents and family of the residents
please give a compassionate meditation or prayer to all of them
should Minister Fullerton resign?
I rather think months ago was the time
But that is simply punitive measure and it’s perhaps too late to have an impact
which will send a message to the people that perhaps the provincial government does care
and can perhaps starts its extraction from a nasty political snare

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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