Time for now

Admire nature
Pick up stones, sticks
buckets of water from the sea

Drive for miles to look at the view
conveniently placed
by a cafe

serving nature’s best
chips
and ice cream

Leave footprints and
warm breath, but
take home memories

enough for a lifetime
or at least, until the
end of the day

Striped sock

If I was to squeeze
your foot
like a tube of toothpaste

the insides would come out
a podiatry pate
from the big toe

But
I wouldn’t clean my
teeth with it

the taste
of foot in mouth
being all wrong

Automatic writing

Tears return
as we all will
to the ocean

Look ahead, and
the future erases the now

in two hundred years
these words
and
the many that have
surrounded them

will be lost, memories only
to dead lovers
friends and acquaintances
a lifetime past and
forgotten

Fitting, in side

The normals in the
pound shop
hedge their bets with
masks over
mouths and
noses out, sniffing
the air for signs that
the virus has gone

True protection
the kind that satisfies
comes from
plastics and sugar
the bright colours of
diabetic and sweat-shop delights
distracting
until the world is put right
by discussions online