A BARRHEAD schoolboy has used the power of poetry to express what lockdown means to him.

Andrew McCluskie, a second year pupil at St Luke’s High, was inspired by the work being done by those on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19.

He was also keen to provide an insight into how his family has been using laughter to keep spirits up during these difficult days.

Andrew, 13, told the Barrhead News: “My inspiration for the poem came from what the NHS has been doing for everyone and what my family has been doing in the house.

“We have been doing exercise and watching videos that have made us laugh. I’ve also watched how people in the NHS are trying their hardest to make sure we’re all safe, which is amazing.”

Andrew’s mum Marion admits his poem brought tears to her eyes.

“With the schools being off, we’re trying to fill the time during the day and give the kids extra things to do,” she said. “We were looking into the school curriculum for next year and saw that he would be doing creative writing, so we thought poetry would be a good place to start.

“He came up with the idea himself. I had a tear in my eye when I read it.

“His gran has COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and she can’t go out or see anyone. Andrew was feeling quite sad for her and others who aren’t able to visit their family.”

Andrew’s poem reads:

Since Covid-19, this is how things have been, we clap for the carers at eight and the NHS is great.

Daily exercise is with Joe Wicks, family members showing new tricks. Funny videos that make us laugh, fun things to do like arts and crafts.

Keeping our family close together, staying inside and avoiding bad weather. We must do our best in this difficult time or else coronavius will continue to climb.

We will remember this event forever. Stay safe and remember, we’re all in this together.