As the last pack is taken from the shelf
The vulnerable cocoon, protecting health
Communities gather round, yet stay apart
Joined by chaos and kindness of heart
Shoppers ,line up,quiet reflection
Cashiers smile through perspex, some protection
School gates closed, at home, bags open
Workspaces in living rooms, business adapts, coping.
Workouts,free gigs,yoga,media, now social
Grandma and Grandad wave through window. Pain. Emotional.
Collectively clapping our medical staff, saints.
Government steps up,Irish pride, less complaints
Washing hands, keeping distance,flattening the curve
Handshakes, hugs and kisses gone, but still, we Love.
Art, crafts, games, exploring limited possibilities.
Health, wellness, family , friends. Precious Commodities.
. (my aunt) find image on Layla’s Instagram: @layla_beyondthescales
Layla has had work published in Bray Arts Journal and has read her poetry at various events. She shares her poetry, writing, and every day life, on her Instagram account.