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The U.K. announced another lockdown and Jack thought oh my golly So he headed down to his local store , determined to fill his trolley At the loo rolls aisle his face lit up, he grabbed fifty for himself And with a mocking laugh and a grin, he cleared the entire shelf. Next on his list was pasta shells , there was only ten bags left An old lady begged him for just one bag but Jack left her bereft He then made his way to the bread aisle, without the slightest care Many people stood just watching him and all they could do was glare. Fresh baked bread white, brown and seeded; they all smelt so good And he made sure he grabbed them all before anyone else could Shower gels and bars of soap, well you can never have enough He went back for another trolley 'cos, he wanted lots more stuff. The alcohol aisle was next, for some whiskey, wine and beers And as he queued at the checkout to pay, there were some nasty jeers He wheeled the trolleys to his car; he'd completed his shopping task Then drove out of the car park and out the window threw his mask. His car broke down halfway home and he tried to flag folks down He wanted to get to the garage that was at, the other end of town Jack swore under his breath muttering, why's this happening to me As cars went whizzing past him he thought, how mean some folks can be. Dedicated to all the panic buyers who think of no one else but themselves Written 3rd November 2020.

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Date: 11/9/2020 1:51:00 AM
Hi Tom, You told the scenario well. It’s not right how shoppers can be so mean in stores. I understand the panic and frustration of a upcoming lock down, but being down right mean is unnecessary. Because you get what you dish out( boomerang- come back to you)- Alexis
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Date: 11/9/2020 4:13:00 AM
Thank you very much Alexis, your words are so true, they're told there is no shortages but they still do it. Im painting at the moment, not my favourite pastime. Hope you're well Tom
Date: 11/8/2020 10:52:00 AM
Poor old lady how mean that was of him. I'v seen people like that but the cashiers should be told that only a certain amount of everything is allowed,s so that each customer can then go home with a trolley of necessities. What goes around comes around! Blessings Tom, enjoyed this poem. Jennifer.
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Date: 11/8/2020 11:03:00 AM
Thank you very much Jennifer, these im alright jacks hit the shops early knowing pensioners won't be there until late morning, thankfully they are a minority. Tom
Date: 11/7/2020 5:13:00 PM
Brilliant write Tom and oh so true. If only folk carried on as normal there would be no shortages, but as you say they just think of themselves. But why do the stores allow it? Anyway, a great read my friend. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
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Date: 11/8/2020 12:33:00 AM
Thank you very much Ann, most of us are horrified by the selfish attitude of a few, you're right though stores should put limits on how much people can buy. That picture was from a newspaper, beggars belief. Tom
Date: 11/7/2020 12:07:00 PM
Great write Tom, real powerful message which totally agree with you. Hope all is well, blessings always,Gordon
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Date: 11/8/2020 12:30:00 AM
Thank you Gordon, although we've seen some people going beyond there's always that minority just out for themselves. Tom
Date: 11/7/2020 9:05:00 AM
Karma is a dish best served cold. Great poem Tom! I thoroughly enjoyed this, it describes the panic stricken mob here as well.
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Date: 11/8/2020 12:28:00 AM
Thank you Mark, couldn't agree more, the colder the better Tom
Date: 11/6/2020 12:46:00 PM
Great! The b@$t@rd might have to sell his wares if’n no one pulls up a truck. Alas many get away with their unconscionable behavior, for now anyway!
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Date: 11/6/2020 1:26:00 PM
Thank you Kim, that pic was in a a newspaper, idiots like jack really exist, no thought for anyone else, and they have the gall to say they're doing nothing wrong. Tom
Date: 11/6/2020 10:50:00 AM
Very good, Tom. Such people do exist. Pleased he got what he deserved in the end. // Barry.
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Date: 11/6/2020 12:45:00 PM
Thank you very much Barry, sadly they do and dispite being told there's no shortages they still do it. Tom
Date: 11/6/2020 6:23:00 AM
Hehehehhe..Loved..loved this..So entertaining.
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Date: 11/6/2020 6:51:00 AM
Thank you very much Charmaine, the days leading up to lockdown was like a Christmas rush, the thing is there is no shortages but some idiots fill their trolleys and end up throwing a lot of it away. Tom
Date: 11/5/2020 5:17:00 PM
LOL! So funny but crazy true. A little storm coming and I’m gonna run out and buy all the toilet paper, eggs and etc...Great write, Tom, I enjoyed the read :)
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Date: 11/5/2020 6:05:00 PM
Thank you very much Akkina, lovely to see you back on soup, I hope you are keeping well. Tom
Date: 11/5/2020 10:45:00 AM
Tom this is comical. If you want to buy a lot do it gradually not all at the same time. People are getting ready for whats coming. You will certainly see more Jacks out there. I love how you showed how these people think. Its all about them. Hope you are well Tom...
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Date: 11/5/2020 11:07:00 AM
Thank you very much Michael, I think you're right, only governments play it down making out all is well, when things become scarce the black market will thrive. All good here, hope you are too. Tom
Date: 11/5/2020 9:57:00 AM
Haha! Jack the Jerk, for sure. The sad part is that these people actually exist! Timely satire. Good luck with the lockdown. :) gw
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Date: 11/5/2020 10:31:00 AM
Thank you Gershon, they give shopping a bad name, whats annoying is all the food that's thrown away because they had no where to keep it. The powers that be urge people not to panic buy so of course they do the opposite. We knew it was coming so my wife kindly bought me some paint lol. Keeps me out of mischief. Tom
Date: 11/5/2020 1:38:00 AM
- First myself ... then myself .... afterwards myself ... finally myself .... selfish - As social beings it is an absolute necessity that we learn to take care of others - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 11/5/2020 2:30:00 AM
Thank you very much Anne, so true, Id heard stories of pensioners being shoved aside so the selfish could grab what they could, But I believe in Karma. Tom
Date: 11/4/2020 4:58:00 PM
A brilliant write Tom, people can be so mean, as long as they’re all right they don’t give a dam for anyone else... Belle
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Date: 11/5/2020 1:02:00 AM
Thank you very much Belle, it's been said about this pandemic that it brings out the best and the worst in people, how true that is. Tom
Date: 11/4/2020 2:20:00 PM
Many are still being selfish and have not learnt from the first wave having seen trolleys filled to the hilt again with some selling on for profit too. Just plain selfish, wasteful and greedy, top marks on your poem Tom, straight into the fav box, Emilia : )
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Date: 11/5/2020 1:00:00 AM
Thank you very much Emilia, thankfully they are a minority, I heard of some trying to sell them on, but it backfires when they realise there are no shortages. Tnx 4 the fav. Tom
Date: 11/4/2020 1:11:00 PM
You have masterfully and in a so beautiful rhyme depicted the mean and greedy side of human nature facing the pandemic! A so genuine rendition! Funny but to the point! You have an amazing flair for narrative rhyming poetry, Tom! I so much liked and enjoyed reading your great work! My deepest regards and blessings.
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Date: 11/5/2020 12:58:00 AM
Thank you very much Besma, thankfully the selfish ones are a minority but this pandemic has brought out the best in many often going beyond the normal realms of kindness. I hope that you are well. Tom
Date: 11/3/2020 10:54:00 PM
Many people are scandalized by this behaviour but do the same thing. Selfishness rules. Well written poem. ~~
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Date: 11/4/2020 1:12:00 AM
Thank you Victor, you're right, I suppose many think if they're doing it so will I, we've had a few cases of it here, thankfully a minority. Lockdown from tomorrow until dec 2nd. Tom
Date: 11/3/2020 4:00:00 PM
G’day Tom … one of the entitlement mob. I’m alright Jack gets his just desserts from his clones. Five days in a row here with no reported cases - thanks Tom - Lindsay
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Date: 11/4/2020 1:07:00 AM
Thank you Lindsay, your government seem to be handling it well, unlike ours, from tomorrow we go into lockdown again. Tom
Date: 11/3/2020 3:59:00 PM
Hello Tom, oh this is a great poem dedicated to the people that panic buy. There are a lot of people like that Tom. Enjoy your evening my friend.
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Date: 11/5/2020 10:14:00 AM
Hello Tom, I hope all is well with you. Enjoy your day my friend.
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Date: 11/4/2020 1:05:00 AM
Thank you very much Darlene, thankfully they are a minority. Hope you're well Tom
Date: 11/3/2020 2:53:00 PM
well I guess he got his just desserts .. we have not experienced this sort of selfish behaviour since we were in lock down in March and we were restricted in what we could purchase but now we have no covid in the community and the shelves are stocked with plenty:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 11/3/2020 3:02:00 PM
Thanks Jan, I think supermarkets should clamp down on these people but then there's nothing to stop them going to another one. You're lucky living on the IOM, you can keep the idiots out lol. Tom
Date: 11/3/2020 1:48:00 PM
I've not noticed much in Derbyshire, but then again I've not really been to the supermarket... Some silly selfish people in this country... You expressed it very well..
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Date: 11/3/2020 1:55:00 PM
Thank you S. O, as they said in the last lockdown there's plenty of everything but people do the opposite when told to do something. Theres been panic buying in Worcs. Some folk have no shame. Tom
Date: 11/3/2020 1:20:00 PM
A winner, Tom. It happens in the USA, too. You cannot hide from Covid. My friend bought 200 rolls of toilet paper. people have two years of food? Lockdowns create this. We could not vote in person in CA, Thanks to Gov.Nazi Newsome. Last month, 5000 Californians Committed suicide. Including high school age Tom, we are in Lockdown since March, 2002.best wishes, Pangis
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Date: 11/3/2020 1:23:00 PM
Thank you Panagiota, its doing nothing for anyone's mental health and then you get the greedy selfish ones out there. Thats tragic about the suicides, I didn't realise it was so bad. Tom
Date: 11/3/2020 1:10:00 PM
this is REALLY good, Tom. So selfish to do this kind of thing to people during panic times. I stock up but not in panic style. (when there are super good sales on something, and then I buy lots of it) It's always a good idea to have a year supply of everything you need on hand. i used to belong to a church that told its members to do this!
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Date: 11/3/2020 1:21:00 PM
Thank you very much Andrea, after the first lockdown it came to light about all the food that was just thrown away by panic buyers. What was annoying was all the health workers and pensioners getting to the store and finding all the shelves emptied of essential items, one idiot bought a load of Toilet rolls and tried to sell them on ebay at a high price, it didn't work out and he took them back to the store, the manager sent him packing. For some its just selfish greed. Tom
Date: 11/3/2020 12:50:00 PM
You say it well Tom...panic can get the best of us but some are in a class of their own--like Jack in your poem. Great write!
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Date: 11/3/2020 12:59:00 PM
Thank you Vijay, The press have to shoulder some of the blame urging folk not to panic buy and of course they do the opposite. Tom
Date: 11/3/2020 12:12:00 PM
Hi Tom... These lockdowns really do bring out the worst in so many people. I was hoping you were going to say that when he got to the checkout he discovered he'd forgotten his wallet. Best wishes - Bill
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Date: 11/3/2020 12:25:00 PM
Thank you Bill, that would have been a good ending, but I'll leave him at the roadside for now lol. Tom