Commentary Written during the first wave of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic when
‘social distancing’ was introduced for the first time in living memory, maintaining
a physical distance between people n order to reduce transmission of the virus.
are lots of double meanings in the words of this song,, the first being in the title
(a famliar phrase at London Underground stations, repeatedly warning passengers moving
between train & platform to be careful because of the space between the two). Here
the word “mind” means both “observe;/maintain” and “experience distress because of”.
(‘Gaps’ of course refers just to the advised ‘social distancing’.) ‘On our hands’
can be both figurative & literal. ‘Two meeters’ is of course a homonym for ‘two
metres’ while ‘clear’ can refer to both clarity and distance . ‘Home’ and ‘away’
can be both synonyms & antonyms here.. ‘Touched’ can be literal or imply the dated,
figurative quasi-religious sense of having reasoning difficulties/differences. ‘Those
who congregate’ could refer to any gathering of people in one place, although the
term ‘congregate’ has long been used by religious groups specifically for their own
gatherings. ‘Malware’ could refer to the virus...
Pangolin/bat. Some believe that
the coronavirus was first transmitted to humans by someone eating an infected pangolin
or bat bought at a Chinese wet market.
‘Demon-eyed scam preacher’ may possibly refer to US American televangelist & multimillionaire,
The most common modernday usage of the word ‘bargepole’ is “I wouldn’t
touch it with a bargepole’, the word ‘it’ referring to something that one wishes
to keep well away from.
With a pandemic virus on our hands two meeters must be clear of where each other stands. Stay
at home! Stay away! Stay away!
Don’t come near me. I shall keep my distance too. Sometimes we’ll smile, perhaps but
still we mind the gaps & I miss you.
Oh! Could we too face a similar fate? - humanity scratched, scourged, scrubbed, purged from
the planet’s plate? Oh! Pangolin post host, Trojan bat. You’d have to be bat-shit crazy to
dine out on that.
Rot! Bring me a bargepole then be gone. Those touched or who congregate
risk passing malware on. What though of the virus’s point of view? It’s only trying
to feed its family on you.
Sad social separation simply serves this wish which seeks for passing peaks & flattened
curves. Stay at home! Stay away! Stay away!
More peace, less pollution, cleaner air suggesting the world improves when fewer of
us are there. Foreseeable future unforseen. Prat president buck-pass swears his dirty
hands are clean.