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This virus will not destroy us, though it

may test the limits of our love, as so many

of us are torn apart and only safe-distanced

words and laughter can touch our grieving hearts.

Social shielding, self-isolation, furloughing,

tough words for a new generation.

A brave new world of being,

where only time and a ‘new normal’ can

begin to sponge away our shared pandemic of pain.

Stay safe, be strong, as the loneliness ravishes

those silent rooms that used to sing with love.

They will fill again my lovely, lonely friend because

our worlds are destined to collide, again and again.


For Colin and Maureen

5th May, 2020