DEADLOCK

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helmet, ray-bans, facial mask
skin is now in high demand
sunscreen left up on the shelf
asking questions of the self

is it to inconvenience man
or stop us from getting a tan?
can’t catch rays in an ambulance
it won’t let in the light

is this to strip our human rights?
are anti-maskers full of shite?
can anti-vaxxers be pro-life?
can we concur on our divide?

INFINITE

i am the first stretch in the morning
the first drag of your cigarette
i am the love you can’t deny
the sharply drawn breath
i am the sweat upon your brow
the gravity that holds you down
i am the anchor in the port
the decanter’s sediment
i am the earth ambling around
the sun, for fun, i’m infinite

EMBERS

it’s just like love and light alike
to burn a hole right through my brain
induratized my heart before
and bolted bolts and shackled locks
a human chain outside my door

sad and supine, stay inside
and lay, i lay, upon the floor
afar a distant brontide’s brooding
but what is near is oh so soothing

hand in hand we’ve been out walking
in summers glade, my heart alight
and lay on beds of mushroom flowers
through autumn dusk and winter showers

inside your room, alone, together
rain gently pattering outside
steady as the stream of words
i heard you speak your weight in gold
mine could make your blood run cold

while you sit sighing all your sighs
i count the rings around your eyes
cursed all that i’ve done to upset you
deemed ever dawning day a blessing
from the day when i first met you

i’ll invite you round to beam that smile
when the lekky meter’s drained
it’s just like love, your love, your light
to burn a hole right through my brain

what business opportunities does the COVID-19 pandemic present?

We exist in the grips of a world plagued by uncertainty, doubt, fear and inevitably, opportunity.

We, the people are flailing in unchartered waters. The COVID-19 pandemic has not only claimed human life by the boatload, but has affected the prospects of small businesses which need the most support. We are all on this boat together, and only by working together can we overcome this threat.

As you sit reading this, coffee in hand, roughly half the Earth’s population are in self-isolation or government-run quarantine, endlessly scrolling their social media feeds. This presents a vital opportunity to re-brand your businesses website and logo, and attract potential customers who have seemingly endless free time to plot their business strategies. The difference is willingness to engage in this difficult time. This presents a chance to get a leg-up on your competition by demonstrating your aesthetic, values and ethics.

Crisis management is a crucial element of any business, large or small. How we deal with this decides how our brands are viewed in the long-term. For some businesses, re-branding means survival. For some, it means continued prosperity. Most importantly of all, it gives the opportunity to present a fresh face in preparation for the aftermath of an event we all hope to soon see disappearing in our rear view mirrors. Possible months of quarantine are on the cards and we will all look back and ask – “what have I achieved?”

If the answer to this question on a personal level is “not much”, there is no need to worry. While some have taken up exciting new hobbies, many people are struggling and the take-home message is that we all move at our own pace. As Teddy Roosevelt succinctly stated, “comparison is the thief of joy”. My advice is to plan for the worst, hope for the best and probably land somewhere in-between.

REGRESSION

boredom’s inertia
nudging
directing us
begrudgingly
gleefully
toward our old ways

the kind that got the spit
slapped out your face
the kind that had you
cuffed and extorted

we witnessed all
good intentions aborted
tallying the amount
of times we can scorch earth

living attrition
eroding the notion
that was in bloom
that we were growing

deflated
we plummet
glorious
hopes and dreams
pumped from our stomachs

STAY INSIDE

we live under lockdown
we can’t crowd the function
all other options
seem completely exhausted

we live under lockdown
masks cover our faces
movies in the evenings
cigarettes at dawn

we live under lockdown
the borders all in order
on the inside of the margin
we occupy these walls

the tins of beans
jump off the shelves
did they grow legs
and leave themselves?

we live under lockdown
we exist, therefore we think
we are under lockdown
we can’t tell the difference