Lockdown

The news report it as

a matter of fact

no empathy in their tone as they

attempt to distract.

Human lives are portrayed as numbers

on a coloured graph

too many lives to be remembered

 in a single epitaph.

Every day the numbers

steadily increase

as those on lockdown

grow more obese.

Their minds starved

of stimulation

as they contemplate the effect

on future generations.

By the time we re-emerge

in a few weeks

life will have changed,

with no shaking of hands

or kisses on cheeks.

Social distancing will have become

 the new normal

as tactile people learn 

how to act formal.

Maybe the only advantage

of this lockdown

is that life will be valued and people

will slowdown

to appreciate the moment and not wish

their lives away,

by not always looking to the future

and wasting the present day.

grayscale photo of steel chain with padlock
Photo by Luis Quintero on Pexels.com

1 Comment

  1. This poem has so many emotions wrapped in one; of the hollow news agencies, of the families losing their dear ones, of hope that good days will be upon us and that each moment is precious 🙂

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