this covid life

don’t you stand so close to me
keep your distance
hold your breath
and do not sneeze

told a man off
in the supermarket
‘stop fondling the onions’
he looked bemused

wipe everything over
when you get it home
rinse bananas cans of tuna
remember: wash your hands

seventeen cans of black beans
ninety-one rolls of toilet paper
three slabs of melbourne eleven bottles of prosecco
we’ll see this through

standing at the bathroom mirror
hair-cut time – snip a bit here
a bit there – oops! too much
never mind who will see

greeting shouted across the street
no hugs no kisses keeping distance
hand raised in vulcan salute
keep well and prosper

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Image by Adrian Malec from Pixabay

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