Locked inside, nowhere to go
Except queuing at Aldi for an hour or so
The thrill, the excitement, your heart beating faster
Will you be able to find any pasta?
Maybe nip out for a quick walk or run
Frown at anybody who looks like they’re having fun
Passed the closed shops and dog walkers you dart
Trying to stay 2 metres apart
Later, you panic, develop nervous tics
When you realise you’ve watched EVERYTHING on Netflix
Dusting off board games, must play them properly
As you try to remember the rules to Monopoly
Clap every Thursday around 8pm
For NHS heroes (we truly love them)
Whilst also providing an answer to the quiz
Of what day of the week it actually is
Was it tomorrow? When is today?
Are we still in March? Is it April or May?
When did my beard become long and wiry?
Why’d I bother buying that 2020 diary?
And now we’re housebound, there’s so much to do!
Online theatre, virtual trips to the zoo
Living room yoga and workouts keep you thin
Not enough hours to fit keeping fit in
And great acts of kindness come to the fore
Communities rally like never before
We keep on keeping on, it’s all we can do
Dazed in strange days that we’re all living through.
By Chris White