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How Are We Feeling?

Strange times are upon us. It is hard to know how to react, isn’t it? Personally, I am trying to look for the positives in the whole situation, remain active, and keep my moods under control. That last one is not always easy, just ask my poor wife. So I have got to find some way to cope with this lockdown. Working from home has always been my dream, but it’s a bit different when the whole family is there too, and you are restricted in your movements in the outside world.

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Fear

Panic everywhere
no control
Afraid of the unknown
or even the familiar
Different faces
watch them carefully
A convulsion of the lungs
high alert

© Neil Hayes and neilhayeswrites

Bad Day

Wrong place, time, mind
Change
Adjust
Fix
Be Merry
Or don't fit

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Now and Then

Sitting on one end of a wet, empty bench. Looking along a line of uneven slats which are wavering towards the horizon. Today they are deserted but I can’t help but wonder what life they have seen. How many conversations have been had? Relationships will have been started and ended in these spots. Fun will have been had. Everything from secretive teenage drinking to classical recitals,for the more mature, will have taken place here. Even if these are no longer the original benches, then the ghosts of these past events will still linger on.

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Mall

Enter at your own risk
Pacification is everywhere
Watch your step
Keep your elbows in
Those eyes and smiles
Can they be believed?
Is fun really to be had?
Yet I feel fierce
This is duty
For love and family
My tour ends soon
Will I have to return?
Or can I be free?

Words © Neil Hayes and neilhayeswrites

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