How I let the pandemic change me – relationship
This is a harder post to write because it involves other people…so I won’t talk much about them. Suffice to say that my long term relationship unravelled as the pandemic progressed and so after a decade I find myself single again in my mid fifties. I am not the only one. 63 percent of all … Read more
How I let the pandemic change me – work
My mum studied with the Open University when I was a child. I remember her being moved by the poems of Heaney and Ted Hughes. She read us the poems and who knows whether it was her passion that led me to my literature degree. She didn’t finish hers, the demands of single parenting in … Read more
How I let the pandemic change me – remember
I don’t know if any of you remember the pandemic?
I don’t mean the fact that it happened,
but how life changed
how you felt when the cars stopped,
when the birds could be heard,
when the air quality improved
when we missed loved ones
That visceral feeling of what it … Read more
Daring to be vulnerable
We have had a long morning, we are hungry and think that we will treat ourselves to a proper meal, in a posh hotel.
We arrive, all looks well.
My irritation starts to rise as the customer in front of me at the bar dithers and fusses about what to chose from the menu, when … Read more
If this virus has shown us anything,
it is that we are all connected.
Which I miss so very much
so I don’t also hug
Your kitchen table,
which has supported our elbows
over long hours of
tea and talk
has to be… Read more
What if they wrapped your strawberries in celophane so that you didn’t miss the sweet, summer honey smell of childhood stawberry picking?
What if clothes and make up were just another kind of straight jacket to keep us wrapped in conforming shiny brittle shells of plastic?
What if the rush and busy-ness of earning was … Read more