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Like underground creatures leaving their burrow, sniffing the air and exploring their surroundings again, we’ve finally emerged back into our world. The second long lockdown was much harder for us than the first. Several factors were involved. We both faced health challenges which came out … Continue reading We’ve finally emerged
Last Christmas we posted this here on our blog: “As for what 2020 might hold- who knows? Our hope is that Huxley will improve health wise and that we will continue to be able to make our contribution to the common good both here and … Continue reading Christmas 2020
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The dormant city settles,
A dumpy woman plumping cushions on a sofa
For a sit-down and a cup of tea,
A welcome break before a grunt
And into action once again;
Lighting the streets and dealing with the waste,
Housing frail bodies in her brick and stone
And lightly marking her inhabitants
With names and drains and history.
She claims to be indifferent
To her charges, but other grimier cities
Do not believe her,
But are too nice to say it,
Nor will they stay for supper,
Winking at each other while they nod at her
And take another biscuit, with yet another cuppa.
But when the break should have been over,
Instead, all has been slowed,
And Lockdown stills her paces.
Her human brawling sprawling throngs,
The caterwauling and the songs
No longer congregate in parks and offices
Or scramble for their sports and entertainment,
Nor skitter to and fro
To fill her designated places;
Her shuttered shops and doors
And eerie empty spaces
With notices on windows,
Describe her deprivation.
Her visitors have gone,
Each shakes a head at their predicament,
Secretly pleased they do not care as much
As Novio Magus.
She folds her feet up on the sofa,
Tucks hand on double chin
And ponders for a daydream season.
She knows a strange disquiet.
Without her little humans,
Her life has little reason.
© David Cooke, April 2020
Lockdown’s been tough for some of the people we know here in Chichester.
But when we feel we are losing our way, then the glories of this built and natural environment can work their magic and hope can spring up once again.
Stay well one and all!
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