Poem for the day by Greg Freeman
Online - 06 May 2020
'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.
ILLUSTRATION: GILLIAN FREEMAN
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.
Love in the time of Coronavirus