When you see a nurse run, you know something’s up. The Audiology department, even mid-pandemic, hums: Hearing aid batteries by return of post, An appointment in a couple of days To fix your brittle tubes and then they do that clever thing with the little pliers While asking about your weekend. Five minutes later you’re on your way. When you see a nurse run, then point outside to a colleague, You know there’s something up. On his blog, Dom goes on and on About how right he is. If not for The Blob, his pet crazies Could sort it all out. If only The people who follow orders The people who follow procedures The people who don’t really matter Would just drop everything, Read the right books Then Civil Service, local government, NHS could all be dismantled And run by about 50 people, he reckons, If only they were His Sort Of People. On this enlightened morning, Crisp as a white linen shirt, A sprinting nurse arrives at a blob Of people round a man, collapsed: Arms out, walking stick dropped. One nurse giving CPR, One comforting the wife, Others sorting out stretchers Following orders Following procedures The people who don’t write the books Dom is never wrong about, Dropped everything. Sprinted out As taxis slowed to rubberneck; Following procedures Following protocols Following training Trying all they knew. When Dom got Covid, he’d headed for the hills As fast as a Range Rover full of alibis could carry him and his family of lies, And when his son got ill he didn’t take him to a maverick genius or a statistician or a mathematician who predicted something in Singapore. When you see a bunch of nurses run, You know that quantum supremacy theory Is less use than teamwork and CPR. The fresh linen of the morning Crumples but trudges on, The bloke selling veg at the entrance Cracks a cauliflower smile in a bid to attract The blob of smokers in pyjamas, relieved visitors, new grandmothers, Or people with hearing aids fixed As the best efforts of the mixed Bag of people who’d always drop everything Rather than smash it to see what happens Keep on doing what they do: Follow procedures Follow training Follow pathways Follow protocols. See Dom. See Dom write. See Dom write a blog. See Dom write about being right.