Jailed

Lockdown,yourhome from homethis century and itsTombstone. But waitwe’re missing the cowboysaren’t we?No!look yonder to the South Bankand I think you’ll see them there. Curfew for the manyimposed by the few,which leaves the Cur,and we know where he is,but not what he’s up to…

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What else can go Friday

..and when we thought it couldn’t get any…it didandthey hid us away for a month and today they’ll decideif they’re going to hide us again.We must have reached some expiry date in the universal shop of tricks…

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Partial to a partial lockdown?

this is lockdown without the stockswithout the locksno one is throwing rotten eggs at youso basically?yesbasically meaningless, and we’ve come to expect thatfrom that lot. what else could we do?the loudmouth shouts out,shoot those who break the curfewand some would too. We’ll all end up in a psych’ wardand that’s a real lockdown…

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Earning badges

Welllooks like we’ll be herefor a while,think I might learn howto knot pine,make winetake timetoknit no exit signs. these are truly the timesof our lives…

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Symptoms

They are setting the maximumwhich is quite minimumit’s hard to know how to feel, is this real ora conspiracy,are they out to get meor just looking out for me? Truth isI’m cheesed off with this lockdownI’ll be calling on Boris for a showdownbut it’ll have to be before sundownbecause there may be a curfew…

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Duluxe

..and our new colour rangefeatures,‘Lockdown Blue’a light tone for you torememberwhat it used to be likeor if you likewhat it never used to belike. Paint your ceilingpaint the wallpaint your tearsas they fall ‘Lockdown Blue’covers allin one coat…

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This time then

Sundayyesa day for resta Covid test,I jestforget the restbut not the test I’m still undressedbecausesomewhere outsidea dog is barking yes,that’s an excuseI am just being lazy. I also have a feeling(which old people do)that this tea is notDarjeelingahI’m rightit’s justTyphoo…

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Are you getting this?

bad newsmad newswho’s fed up? lockdown is liftedviewpoints then shiftedand lockdown’s notlifted no more. Feeling ‘Hotel California?’we told ya thatno one would warn youbutyou went and checked in…

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Which craft

Burning some sage tokeep free of old agebutI’m finding that it doesn’t workand as reality goesI need one more big dosebecause the last onedidn’t work very welland the well that I wished incost me fifty eight shillingsand that gave me no change at all. The bars are all closedwho supposed that could be?it seems I…

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No service

Desperationsweats from every poreand for every pore, you’llfindone more to sweat. If you meet the devil faceto faceyou’ll know that,‘Get thee behind me’didn’t workand to be honestwho’s working now? The churches are packed by thoseracked with guiltunder the eyes of the Bishop,they wiltas they wilt or won’t(don’t know about that) I have ‘soap on a…

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Police and quiet

The cops..and there they go,two cars with sirenswailing in stereo. Something is going offor going on,it’s hard to tell with allthat racket…

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The rip-roaring twenties

There will be plenty of stories to tellbut none will believe them. some said,it’s a fit-up,while otherssat upand took notice,butthe masters of diligencethose blessed with intelligencefell into insignificance asthe death toll rose. And those with faithput it on the line,the one that stretches asfar as the time wouldallow…

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Swapping stories

You meet up with an old friendand understand he’s locked intothedead end,but even in these grim timesthere are timesyou are glad offriends. all that we lack is a signand I don’t mean onethat readscul-de-sac…

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One thousand islands

What time is it?said the wolf Time?I don’t even knowwhat day this is. Anything and everything thatwas anything means next tonothing and if nothing is nextto cleanlinessthen we’re being cleansed. It could be Saturday, butthere’s no way to know,it could be midnight but as timegoes so slow it’s probably not. There is hope on the…

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Pink paper aeroplanes

The page is blank?look!not a smudge of ink, if you blinkyou’ll miss nothingbecause there’s nothinghere to miss. someone says,‘that’s a bit Kaiser’what the fuck does that mean?I’m none the wiser. the answer?it’s probably in the dreams thatwe try to connect withwhereeverything’s acceptable, I can never remember them…

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10 green bottles

losing your marbles, aged six istotally different from losing yourmarbles, aged sixty,trust meI know. things that make you cry and you think you’re going to die if they happen once again,things that make you wince with pain and things that make you laugh with joy, That box full of blue is the window you look…

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Summer without the rain

wellthat’d be lovelythat’d be fine,words and more,more of the time. somebecome needygreedybeady-eyedwalking onthe seedy sideseeing everything. life in a loose-leaf folder yellowed pagesagedrearranging A4and for what? I came, I saw, I concurred. if we’re all doomedcan I be doomed in theroom next to you? everyone needs friends…

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The instability factor

financial insecurityneed not be the end,weneed to go back and uncoverthe skills thought lost foreverand learn to reuse them the bartering systemmore than justand justly fair. insteadwe get ten pounds sterlingoff a meal for the evening God help us all…

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Does it even look like you?

long hair that hangs down,bags under your eyes thatweigh you downa paunch, and that wasn’tthere before,does it really look like you? Thinking of a gym’ending up with a gin,at some pointwe have to beginto get things in order. This has been the Summerthat wasn’t,social distancing hasn’tdone anyone any favours…

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