Gift of feedback via video link

By Dawn Thibert . . . Heads bobbing in disconnected squares Waiting for the show to begin Some faces, some names, some pictures Passive on mute Dropping out Are you still there? Voting with presence Silent discontent Secretly grinning When words make sense Electronic fugue straining, reaching through Speaking into space Distorted voice How do words land? Denied subtle gestures […]

pandemic interruptus

By Kenneth Silvestri . . . challenging the need to be interdependent our innate force of searching for a synchrony to avoid misinterpreting nature which gives clues of our injurious ways  of trying to outsmart her gifts of guidance that are right there always skirting our subconscious,  which is regardless continuously archiving everything we have ever seen or heard in […]

Covid-inner conversations

By Irene Cronin . . . To the therapeutic encounter I now bring Uncertainty, with an almighty ring, Fears and anxieties, I never knew, Old wounds, forgotten, somehow grew. Layers unfolding daily, And all the different interpretations, really! Are you not getting it? I hear myself say, A distance, much more than two meters away. What’s at hand? Our social […]

Surge

By Jenn McKinney . . . We have entered a second wave. That’s what the airwaves say. It has entered us. This wave is gathering strength. Intense waves of emotions grow. When will this tide turn? Soundwaves announce a conspiracy. “Let’s carry on with ‘normality’.” Or “Protect! Stay in!” Waves of grief for those who’ve lost Rise and fall in intensity. […]

Covid Politics

By Jasmine T. Chin . . . Illustration by Hayley Clarke . . . Knock knock “Who’s there?” Covid politics “Covid politics?…What? Who?” Ha! You’ll see… Oi you! Citizen! “Yes Covid Politics?” It’s your duty, not ours to save lives To hide lies Whatever your circumstances. You will clap to run the country Into a ground swell of positivity Heroism […]

Siobhan Potter . . . …Poetry lacks the capacity to be cavalier and pass by It’s a drive by, connected to landscape in service to its collision potential The drive by shooting of the pandemic cyclist His spit weaponised, collides with bludgeon a word I never utter But I saw this and I thought of you and not in a […]

The Voices of Uncertainty

By Priyanka Savita . . . Illustration by Aparajita Shrivastava It’s everywhere, it whispers in my earsIt’s unsettling it’s eerie it’s uncannyI don’t want this ‘new normal’ to stayDespair is holding my hand but I want to break freeThese are difficult times. It never leaves me alone the voices of uncertainty enters the room to accompany meThey are everywhere. They […]

The Invisible Hitchhiker

By Julia Jude . . . The invisible assailant Closed our Schools Workplace Universities Shops Places of worship Crushed movements As countries rushed to close their borders Catchy slogans cooked up by spin doctors Poured on to our screen Stay at home and protect the NHS Stay and home and self-isolate Stay at home and shield the vulnerable Stay at […]

Lockdown Moon

By Karen Partridge . . . I was forewarned of the events of this year when my young adult daughter returned home for Christmas, and suddenly and totally unexpectedly, was admitted to intensive care with life threatening sepsis. She began to recover just as the pandemic was taking hold. Hard to know how to process such a startling personal encounter […]

Silence

By Tanja Kuhnert . . . Praxis für Systemische Beratung, Köln . . . Do you hear this? Silence . . . . . . No cars No trains No airplanes No people speaking while going along the street . . . . . . like the earth is standing still and waiting – like the earth is breathing in […]