Poem – Social Girl

Another poem sent in by a follower. She thinks this one from South Africa!


This Comment arrived 16/4/20:

 ”Have found out who wrote the poem I sent you ‘Isolation’

It is Jan Beaumont
Jan is in her 70s and lives in a retirement village in Auckland, New Zealand. She has lived and worked in Canada, the United States and in the United Kingdom. Jan was a legal secretary, ran a cooking school, had her own radio cooking show and wrote a newspaper column. She has spent the last 20-odd years working in the funeral industry, which she says is “an amazing job”.

Love the Age Proud theme here.


I’m normally a social girl
I love to meet my mates
But lately with the virus here
We can’t go out the gates.

You see, we are the ‘oldies’ now
We need to stay inside
If they haven’t seen us for a while
They’ll think we’ve upped and died.

They’ll never know the things we did
Before we got this old
There wasn’t any Facebook
So not everything was told.

We may seem sweet old ladies
Who would never be uncouth
But we grew up in the 60s –
If you only knew the truth!

There was sex and drugs and rock ‘n roll
The pill and miniskirts
We smoked, we drank, we partied
And were quite outrageous flirts.

Then we settled down, got married
And turned into someone’s mum,
Somebody’s wife, then nana,
Who on earth did we become?

We didn’t mind the change of pace
Because our lives were full
But to bury us before we’re dead
Is like a red rag to a bull!

So here you find me stuck inside
For 4 weeks, maybe more
I finally found myself again
Then I had to close the door!

It didnt really bother me
I’d while away the hour
I’d bake for all the family
But I’ve got no bloody flour!

Now Netflix is just wonderful
I like a gutsy thriller
I’m swooning over Idris
Or some random sexy killer.

At least I’ve got a stash of booze
For when I’m being idle
There’s wine and whiskey, even gin
If I’m feeling suicidal!

So let’s all drink to lockdown
To recovery and health
And hope this bloody virus
Doesn’t decimate our wealth.

We’ll all get through the crisis
And be back to join our mates
Just hoping I’m not far too wide
To fit through the flaming gates!

Time: April 14, 2020 at 7:05 pm
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  1. eremophila
    April 15, 2020 / 10:45 am

    Wonderful and so true!

  2. jemima
    April 15, 2020 / 4:09 pm

    love it, and thank you sal (south african lady)
    this “nasty thing” is certainly bringing out some positives in many

    keep on keeping on

  3. jemima
    April 15, 2020 / 9:59 pm

    ps: think it might be a pam ayers poem??

  4. jemima
    April 16, 2020 / 6:21 pm

    thanks for the update joyce, and the mini biopic of jan beaumont: what a full life she’s been leading.

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