The Rainbow Children

- Gemma Peacock


The history books will talk of now,
That time the world stood still.
When every family stayed at home,
Waved out from windowsills-
At those they loved but could not hold,
Because they loved them so.
Yet, whilst they did they noticed all the flowers start to grow.


The sun came out, they can recall,
And windows, rainbows filled.
They kicked a football in their yards,
Until the nights drew in.
They walked each day but not too close,
That time the world stood still.
When people walked straight down the roads.
That once the cars did fill.


They saw that people became ill,
They knew the world was scared
But whilst the world stood still they saw,
How much the whole world cared.
They clapped on Thursdays from their doors
They cheered for the brave.
For people who would risk their lives
So others could be saved.


The schools closed down, they missed their friends,
They missed their teachers so.
Their Mum’s and Dad’s helped with their work,
They helped their minds to grow.
The parents used to worry that,
As schools were put on hold.
Their children wouldn’t have the tools
They’d need as they grew old.


But history books will talk of them,
Now adults, fully grown.
Those little boys and girls back then,
The ones who stayed at home
They’ll tell you that they fixed this world,
Of all they would fulfil.
RAINBOW children building dreams,
They’d dreamed whilst time stood still.