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Poem for the day by Greg Freeman

Arts Richmond

Online - 06 May 2020

Poem for the day by Greg Freeman


'Love in the time of Coronavirus'

Routine is important.

A glass of red each evening

at five when the latest

government health advice

Is screened. My

indigestion is easing.

Regular, healthy meals together,

no dashing out in the evening.

The calendar’s just blank spaces,

just the odd event scrawled

in months ago and left

for historic interest.


And some things are becoming clearer.

The social stigma of looting loo rolls.

The clapping of health workers,

even outside Downing Street, shows

that deep down we’re all Europeans.

I can get through most things

as long as you are there

in the next room,

painting your tulips and freesias.


Greg Freeman, poet,writer, journalist. Greg is a former newspaper sub-editor of  The Guardian. He now organises and co-comperes with Rodney Wood of Write Out Loud Woking. 'Trainspotters' was his debut pamphlet, which includes poems about railways in Italy, Zimbabwe, and the Second World War death railway in Thailand.

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