Getting Out

#Travel #Worship #Places

Salford 6th December 2020

Woke up at the crack of dawn this morning, to do something i do nearly every Sunday

Go to Mass

It’s the start of the church year – Advent, but nobody thought about worship when the restrictions (about Covid-19) kicked in

I’m now part of the Cathedral Parish (even though they took the name of my old Parish, when amalgamation was made)

And while the Covid Bug has been about, i’ve done most of mass over the internet…..but not today.

So Mask on , and navigating the subway, i cross two postcode boundaries on my way to church….and walking down the Manchester Feeder road (the crescent / chapel st) that passes the local university.

Eagle eye flicking back and forth towards my timepiece

Covid means a change to things, masks , cleaning hands and stewards on every corner of the walkways….No sharing of benches – unless they’re in my bubble. The Mask stays on throughout. One thing though – some things seem shorter….the offertory is by the altar…sign of peace not done

and after mass – leaving church without socialising

Trick or Treat ?

#Socs #Halloween #Trick #Treat

Jackolanterns (art by inky)

No lanterns coming to the front porch

No ghosts floating past the door

No Vampires not worrying ’bout their canines

No Werewolves coming to explore

The street is surprisingly quiet

the children all indoors

as parents keep them from bugs in the air

and other nasty spores

But there’s bobbing apples a plenty

and games in the family house

and treats and the telly, filling their bellies

till they all have to be quiet as a mouse

Lockdown – an acrostic

#acrostic #lockdown

Magpies are having a field day

as the neighbourhood still sleeps

nipping on and off the rooftiles while

cats on the ground they creep

household activity – minimum

everyone’s taken to bed, for

somebody said there’s a lockdown, so

they’ve decided to rest their heads

even the stadiums are empty – no fans to follow the score

reality needs them return now – so the teams can hear them roar

The bug

Salford 16th October 2020

I haven’t wrote much in regarding Covid – 19, but given the recent news on a proposed regionalised lockdown – here’s a mothra

A Mothra, from inky.

Well

Looking Around

Here we are

Another day of restrictions

Movements from here to there

Masked up in cause of health

while a bug we cannot actually see

attacks our friends and family for its enjoyment

irony calls – as the sun shines off the water

but there’s no chance for anyone to splash in it

simply sat on a near bench – for the briefest of moments

The many public buildings that are open – are trying their best

maximum of six – the magic number they say you can have

clear plastic screens in cafe’s , bars and museums around

even the pigeons seem to have stayed away

as the bug flies around with freedom

Distancing the order each week day

while locals await news around

bug – gone to ground

and scientists pray

bug – flies

away

Jostle

Salford, 15th August

It’s crazy days

In a time of a virulent bug

Increases in the mercury and

Isolation for many – It’s

Indescribable how

Individuals can ram themselves

Into carriages of an LRT

In a quest to get to their destination

If they were thinking – they might see the measures

It’s keeping them away from catching the bug

Normal(ish)

Salford 6th June 2020

With this bug thats been floating around recently, those in the back doors of the nations governments have been referring to all the changes they’ve made in one particular phrase

The new normal

Now, we know they’ve been looking at a vaccine around the world, but before the mass testing begins – we’re sending people back to work and school before any sort of health implementation begins. Its nothing for our leaders to be proud of – the UK is only second to their American cousins in the number who’ve died….and Yet, Government Ministers – with the economy and their donors breathing down their ear – decided to send everyone back to work….we have to live with the distancing, facemasks and everything else.

They’re calling it the New Normal….forgetting this bug is still wild.

One place this isn’t taking place (Yet) – Arts and sports venues

sports fans are crying into their beer, and actors are having to use video conferencing tools to relay their plays…museums doing video clips

So while they’re queuing for miles for goods at the behest of the economy, signs “Normality” is back… are very very distant. Particularly when this Bug has its own named wards in hospitals up and down the country.

Strange Days

Salford, 9th May 2020

We’re in very strange times

the weather is wonderful

yet the pub is shut

flowers are in bloom

gardeners gone to his hut

they’re hiding away from this very small bug

and because of it we can’t give a loved ones a hug

the streets are abandoned

everyones indoors

and climbing the walls

or scrubbing the floors

Saturday

Saturday 25th April 2020

#Napowrimo #Outdoors #Covid-19

Somewhere outside, there’s a demon with

a seriously bad sense of humour

the people are relaxed, as they walk around the town, but

until the medics say its ok, we can only enjoy the weather

relaxing in the front garden….or limited exercise

doing anything in groups – at the mo – a serious no

and all you can do is take solace from that moment in the

yellow warm sunshine you’ve been given – enjoy the Vitamin E and watch the wildlife

Spooked

Salford 14th April 2020

#Napowrimo #Covid19 #Wildlife

Someone send out a message

Particularly to the man in the big house

Our feathered friends are not amused today – because

Our nation happens to be on lockdown – and no one sent them a message

Keeping the routine isn’t working – there’s nothing in the bins!

Even the prize of a dropped ice-cream isn’t sufficient

Drops required of birdseed – quick.