Coronavirus Shopping Spree. A poem by Paul Jeffcutt

4 rashers bacon
1 egg
1 slice cheese
1½ loaves bread
6 pats butter
⅛ pot jam
15 tea-bags
½ bag sugar
3 pints milk
¼ pound margarine
½ pound minced beef

* Rationing took place in the UK from 1939 to 1954. This represents the typical rations for one adult for one week.


Paul’s debut collection, ‘Latch’, was published by Lagan Press. Recently his poems have appeared in The Honest Ulsterman, Ink, Sweat & Tears, The Interpreter’s House, Magma, Orbis, Oxford Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Salzburg Review and Vallum. He lives in Co Down, Northern Ireland Visit his website.

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