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Good morning television

My company for the day

I hope you haven’t missed me

While I’ve been away

I’ve been in bed, not well you see

There’s a big long word

But we call it M.E.


Used to be out there

Working and doing ‘stuff’

Then one day, whilst away

I started feeling rough


Now have trouble walking

The brain’s not all that clear

Sorry, I’ll shut up talking

I’m sure you don’t want to hear


Nobody does these days it seems

All a bit of a rush

I see you’ve got some company

So suppose I’d better hush


I told you its name already

But you’ve probably forgotten

It affects all our systems

And makes life pretty rotten


We don’t get near the funds we need

To help us find a cure

If we had a face, to head our chase

We’d be nearer that’s for sure


I like that Joanna Lumley

You get in for a chat

She does a lot for the Ghurkhas

I’m really chuffed with that


We could do with our ‘Joanna’

Who’d give M.E. a face

We need a voice to make some noise

As we’re so far off the pace


An up and coming soapy

Who’d natter all day long

Or somebody older

Who might be bolder

And shout out loud and strong


Medical matters get attention

But ME…. hardly a mention

The favoured ills are on a loop

Which is great if you’re in that chosen group

But it’s like being trapped inside a lift

Listening to a twenty year old riff


So TV in the corner

Can you lend a hand ?

You’re full of national wannabe’s

Would one make a stand ?

I don’t care if it’s heartfelt

Or to boost a flagging career

We just need more awareness

For the world to really hear


I know you can’t reply to me

Or hear my constant rants

I’ll chat to the chair,

Like there’s somebody there

I’ll even talk to my plants !

As now bereft, of friends who’ve left

Like there was fire in their pants…


Or maybe our voice is the one we have

The millions torn from the lives we had

We know we can’t rely on others

We must become family, sisters, brothers

We have to be the strength we need

To be the ones who plant the seed

So let’s stay strong and sing our song

And one day we’ll be freed



By Bill Clayton  ©



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