1st lockdown end March -negative thoughts
Claustrophobic, catastrophic confinement leads to
Obligatory obedience to offensive
Restrictions- respecting the rapid and relentless
Obvious obliteration of ordinary life.
Normal, natural, nourishing
Activities and adventures are suspended while
Vital ventilation is avoided. We are
Irritated by the isolation imposed as
Rational behaviour rapidly retreats.
Unsettled we find restrictions are unpopular but keep
Safe, in solitude, stuck for the summer season.
2nd lockdown mid April -feeling more positive
Challenged now to concentrate on new
Opportunities and opinions we are
Ringfenced from risk and
Overawed on occasion to admire the
Nobility and nurture of the NHS and others, so
Assiduous and attentive to us aged. We feel
Valued in so many various ways, and view the
Intention to influence events ideally with
Respect and reasonableness, but restlessly. We
Understand the unifying, unsettling
Sufficiency of the solution to survive with serenity.
3rd Lockdown early May- balance achieved, status quo
Certain now of economic collapse,
Oppressed by obvious ostracization,
Reeling from relentless restrictions,
Objecting to obligatory isolation,
Newly suspicious of nefarious visitors,
Appalled by news of abject domestic abuse.
Valueing visionary vaccine trials,
Illuminated by care-workers immense dedication,
Refreshed by respect for us retirees
Understanding ubiquitous social distancing,
Settling into sedentary solitude for survival.