Renfrewshire Council

Lockdown Poetry

During lockdown, residents at our sheltered housing complexes took part in the first Sheltered Housing Poetry Competition.

Tenants from all 10 complexes took part and the competition was judged by author David MacLaughlan, best known as Sunday Post columnist 'Francis Gay'.

The 16 poems entered provided an insight in to life in lockdown, spoke of the struggles tenants faced during this time and highlighted their hopes for the future.

You can download the booklet of poems in the Related Articles section of the page.

Competition Winners

Third Place - Raymond Shanks
Second Place - Harry and Maria Birrell
First Place - May McGee

Before the lockdown it was a must
To get a ride on Sally's bus
The walkers had it on a Thursday
And used it to go to parks and outside places
Get fresh air and sun on our faces
We have a lovely carer who looks after us and does so
Without any fuss
It's been a good day but it's time to go home
It's a long time since I walked the West Highland Way
I hoped to do it again some day
I'm 90 now, know it won't be
So I'll count my blessings and have some tea

May McGee


Published 7 August 2020