Corona Virus Stew – poem by Leela Soma

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Recipe May 2020 


  • Shopping list flour, toilet rolls, food, food,
  • Stock pile, no space, greed, look after number 1
  • Stay home, save lives, save the NHS
  • Watch TV, social distance at 2 metres, daily update
  • Ventilators, nightingale hospital, PPE
  • Care home deaths, scientists graphs, flatten the curve
  • Lockdown ennui, supermarket drive, hour walks
  • Boredom, kids home schooled, parents tired
  • Domestic abuse soars, food bank queues lengthen
  • Sun shines in mockery, garden blooms, dig in silence
  • Dawn chorus cacophony, animals walk the streets
  • Holidays cancelled bleak future, jobs furloughed
  • Despair zoomed , facetimed and skyped world wide.

 Cook in the diaries. Ink the words, feelings boiled like hard sugar sweets, bake the sour dough hours, grill the photos online.

 Freeze in memory. Will keep for years.

Leela Soma, May 2020

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