The ‘You Clap For Me Now’ Coronavirus Poem was written by Darren James Smith an illustrator and content director from London. Darren’s colleague Sachini Imbuldeniya, a creative director, suggested that they turn the poem into a film.
The idea came about when Darren James Smith interviewed Sachini Imbuldeniya’s mum for an article about the Windrush Scandal. She came to the UK from Sri Lanka, 40 years ago, to work as a nurse in the NHS.
You can read more about ‘The Story Behind The Powerful Poem Read By Key Workers’ on the Huffington Post, where they spoke to the creators of the short film, about their message and the hopes for the future.
The ‘You Clap For Me Now’ Coronavirus Poem, has gone viral since its publication on the 14th April 2020 and has been picked up by all the major news outlets, including the BBC News, The Guardian and many more.
Tez Ilays, a well known comedian, was one of the first to share the ‘You Clap For Me Now’ Coronavirus Poem video on his Twitter Profile and in recent days it has received more than 8.6 Million Views including receiving a Share from Gary Linekar and a Retweet from J K Rowling etc.
The ‘You Clap For Me Now’ Video Up To 8.6 Million Views…
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Thank you to everyone who has shared this x https://t.co/zj5J4J8Cmg
— Tez (@tezilyas) April 15, 2020
Team Aspects are very proud to have taken part in the filming of the ‘You Clap For Me Now’ Coronavirus Poem, where Dr. Viren Patel and his wife Bhavisha Patel, were both featured twice in the reading of the poem in the video at the Aspects Dental Practice in Milton Keynes.
The Coronavirus Poem In Full – ‘You Clap For Me Now’…
So, it’s finally happened,
That thing you were afraid of,
Something’s come from overseas,
And taken your jobs,
Made it unsafe to walk the streets,
Kept you trapped in your home.
A dirty disease,
Your proud nation, gone.
But not me. Or me.
Or me. Or me.
No, you clap for me now.
You cheer as I toil,
Bringing food to your family,
Bringing food from your soil.
Propping up your hospitals,
Not some foreign invader.
Delivery driver. Teacher. Life saver.
Don’t say ‘go home’,
Don’t say ‘not here’,
You know how it feels for home to be a prison,
You know how it feels to live in fear.
So you clap for me now.
All this love you are bringing,
But don’t forget when it’s no longer quiet,
Don’t forget when you can no longer hear the birds singing,
Or see clear waters, that I crossed for you,
To make lives filled with peace,
And bring peace to your life too.
Come all you Gretas,
See what we have learned.
It only takes the smallest thing,
To change the world.
During the Coronavirus Pandemic and Lockdown, it has brought communities and people together, no matter who they are or where they have come from. People have been putting their lives on the line to save others, not only in the UK, but around the world.
The Coronavirus has shown us all that we’re just human, but together, we’re more than that. Most Key Workers and Front Line Staff are first, second or third generation immigrants. We certainly hope that once we beat the Coronavirus, that we remember the inclusive community spirit of today, in the future.
To every carer, key worker, volunteer and neighbour from Britain or overseas who put their lives on the line to help beat Coronavirus We say: thank you – And we promise…we will remember! #WeWillRemember #YouClapForMeNow #TeamAspects