New Zealand’s unofficial poet laureate Victor Billot pens topical verse every Sunday. This week: the good doctor

Servant of the people

We know you are just one of many, it is true.
Like the rest of us, you are just passing through.

We’ve got you on loan for a bit.
For the job, you seem to be a pretty good fit.

Kind of a dad. Kind of a square.
Not thrilled at the spotlight and the camera’s glare.

Not one for ranting, guitar solos or bluster.
Aware the rooster can end up as a feather duster.

At risk of becoming a football in the political game,
you are doing OK, despite your unasked for fame.

You restate the obvious, be sensible, be kind.
The problem is the virus, not people, you remind.

No need for statues or gongs or marble busts,
you are honoured on tea towels: in Ashley we trust.

Servant of the people! Credit where it’s due:
thanks Ash. We appreciate you.

Victor Billot has previously been moved to write odes for such New Zealand luminaries as Garrick Tremain, Todd Muller, David Clark, James Shaw and Gerry Brownlee.

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