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

Image by Adrian Malec from Pixabay

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