Our New Normal

Remember when breathing was normal, just something you did? Not inhaling a virus & getting sick quick.   Remember when wearing a face mask was Halloween art & queuing wasn’t standing two metres apart?   Remember when distance wasn’t seen as socially good & shielding was a word no-one understood?   Remember when coughing or … Continue reading Our New Normal

Fuck is a four-letter word

if you were to write an ode to Fuck what would you say?     the word fuck is Germanic in origin   for many people Fuck is a really rude word they never say   apparently fuck used to mean To Strike   my son uses Fuck constantly like it is just any old … Continue reading Fuck is a four-letter word

Lullaby for a Pandemic

Come with me my little one – away, away from here, Come with me to the far grey hills where rooks and eagles dare to make their nest a rocky ledge and soar through misty cloud, Come my love, come take my hand – escape the city crowds.   Come with me my little one … Continue reading Lullaby for a Pandemic

Evaluating Face Masks

Before Lockdown Only worn by professionals in the course of their jobs.   During Lockdown We don’t have enough face masks, testing kits & swabs.   After Lockdown Face masks are 'advisory' for every Tom, Dick & Gob.     Evaluation We are led by donkeys & the PM is a knob.     Glossary … Continue reading Evaluating Face Masks

Sunshine Toes

Do toes remember sunshine? Do they wake up each morning & say, whilst half-asleep & under layers of duvet, remember that summer of sun & sea & salt on our skin? Do they long for the heat & warmth & light that seeps gradually, irresistibly, into sinews & bones? Do they say, enough of socks … Continue reading Sunshine Toes

A Room of One’s Own Revisited

I have a room of my own. The smallest in the house. I can see the garden and the seasons changing in front of my window. Sometimes, all the seasons pass in a single day. There is one bookshelf full of books and pictures line the walls. These pictures have been carefully curated and hung … Continue reading A Room of One’s Own Revisited

Corona Clothing

It seems to me Corona Clothing is all the rage – though nobody currently calls it that. Rather, it is known as Working From Home clothes or What Day Is It clothes or We Don’t Have Enough clothes. Despite, or because of the pandemic, having the right kind of clothing is now, a matter of … Continue reading Corona Clothing