when breathing was normal, just something you did?
Not inhaling a virus & getting sick quick.
when wearing a face mask was Halloween art
& queuing wasn’t standing two metres apart?
when distance wasn’t seen as socially good
& shielding was a word no-one understood?
when coughing or sneezing wasn’t a clear infection sign
& hugging or kissing your friends was just fine?
when flying for holidays, work or abroad was actually expected
& wasn’t outlawed?
when attending a festival, hearing music played live
wasn’t a viral disaster that helped the R-number thrive?
when eating out in restaurants was a choice you could make
& staying in was optional, not a government mandate?
when going to pubs was part of the week
& drinking at home wasn’t Quarantine chic?
when working meant leaving your house as a home
& Zoom as an app wasn’t yet known?
when furlough was something new & unheard
& getting paid for not working completely absurd?
when education was done in Uni’s & Schools
& taught face to face not on digital tools?
when living in cities equalled fortune & fun?
Not cramped in a tiny flat with no garden or sun.
when leisure was a hobby you did on the side?
Not time-restricted movement & regimented exercise.
when sitting in a park, on a beach, or a hill was quite unremarkable?
Not a selfish act that kills.
When collective clapping was for talks & for plays?
Not for essential workers who aren’t properly paid.
when reading was escapism & for light relief?
Not daily death graphs & government briefs.
your life before COVID arrived?
Now remember all those who have not survived.
One thought on “Our New Normal”
Really good. Shows the relativity of this world. Yet even though so much has changed, we should still consider how things could be worse as the final line shows.
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