Image of a toilet roll wrapped in red paper and labelled "emergency roll", with the text: People lost their minds, and hoarded toilet paper like a dragon's gold.


Poem by Iris Carden

How will history remember our times?
How will our story be told?
Will it recall how people lost their minds
and hoarded toilet paper like a dragon's gold?

Will  tomorrow's people understand
the fear of those who were vulnerable, 
who were weak or sick or old, 
when life seemed so unstable?

Will they then look back at us
and wonder how we survived
when so many argued for freedom
from the attempts to keep all alive?

Will they recall how much we needed
delivery drivers, supermarket staff, and nurses.
How we called them all our heroes, 
But put no more pay in their purses.

We lurched from historic bushfires,
to global pandemic then devastating floods.
Now there's a new war in Europe,
The news just never seems good.

Through it all, some have looked out
for others around them in need.
While some have looked out for themselves
 and sought to feed their own greed.

In just a couple of years,
we've lived a dozen nightmares.
Will history judge us as selfish, 
or will it see how much we can care?

For People and Planet

Loo paper matters. I get mine from Who Gives A Crap. They use recycled paper, which is better for the planet. Part of their profits go to build toilets for people who don’t have them, which is good for people’s health. All of that for about the same price as your regular roll. Use this link for $10 off your first order. Disclosure: if you use the link and get your discount, I get a discount off my next order.


By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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