Tag Archives: Isolation

Louise Bezyk, Isolation

 

I’m here in isolation,
No trains are at the station, destination is home,
And so I stay here alone.
It’s already been a week,
And still I’ve yet to freak,
Staying positive in my mind, Thankfully my health is being kind.
I look out of the window and all that I see,
Is the same old world staring right back at me, The news tells a different story,
The stats are rather gorey.
The infections rise day after day, Flatten the curve, it’s the only way! Stay at home, please don’t go out, This virus is bad I now have no doubt.
Isolation may sound terrifying,
But use it wisely it could feel gratifying,
Stay cosy at home, read a good book,
Start a new hobby or a meal you could cook.
Despite all the horrors a gift we’ve received,
Of time and peace so don’t be aggrieved,
Stay safe at home enjoy the right here! Right now! Do all the things this time will allow,
Think of your soul let’s make them sing,
With isolation this virus won’t win.

Robin Parker, Isolation

 

Isolation Day 8
Lovingly gaze
From my window at
Supermarket car parks.
Aldi and ASDA.

Full of so much,
But not for me on
Three months
Confined to Barracks.

Mundane assumptive journeys
Become fond memories.

The pleasures of circulating
Busy aisles,
Searching for listed goods and
Then, joy,
That sudden, impulse buy!

Stared yesterday at
Queue of shoppers,
Trailing back along
Car Park aisles,
Waiting their turn.

What a drudge,
They probably feel but,
For me, enforced absence
From that trail
Emphasises solitude.

How to survive;
Exercise, yes, but
Not for me
Fresh air walk-outs, for
Seven Sisters
Do not offer
People free journeys.

So work through
Stock of CDs,
Moving with rhythm,
Legs and arms
Stretching,
Zumba style but
In personal,
Tolerable time with
Necessary breaks.

Today, Roxy classic;
“What’s her name,
“Corvid-19?”

© Robin Parker

Katie Haigh, Isolation

Pandemic. In Isolation

I’m scared,
I’m worried,
My anxieties peaked.
I know it’s for the best,
‘Keep Calm and Carry on’
I know some generations,
Have faced much worse.
It’s not like they’re sending us to war,
We only have to stay at home.

I’m chronically ill,
My mental health is at risk.
Breaking my routine,
So in chaos I have to live.
I’ve built a support network,
A routine that works for me.
Having rest when needed,
While still fulfilling social needs.

Social needs aren’t important right now,
I know that’s the truth.
But my mind is at war,
My nerves are on edge.
I want to be with my family and friends.
I desperately want to hold them tight.
I want to go to my writing groups,
Be a leader on Brownies nights.

I want my normality,
My everyday flow.
Yet I know it cannot be,
I have to stay at home.
Protecting vulnerable loved ones,
For them I worry everyday.
I know I am lucky.
At least I have family,
With whom I live.
I feel for those completely alone,
In isolation for months.
With no company,
Totally alone.
Only communication,
Through screen or phone.

The future is uncertain,
No one knows how long it’ll last.
We’ll have to try our best,
Get through the coming months.
I hope it ends soon,
Then we can go back to normal life.
But in the meantime,
Don’t panic and be kind.

By Katie Haigh
Copyright @KatieHaigh 18/03/2020