What if we thought of it as a holiday a gift of time Turn the alarm off, Watch movies in bed have food delivered to our door Read the file of books that we move around but never open
What if we thought about all the things we want to do Learn astrology Write a novel Discover the art of Vedic cooking Ayurvedic food doesn’t use onions and garlic Which is perfect during this shortage
What if we got up early before dawn Listened to the first bird call learned their songs Watched the sunrise and then returned indoors to linger over breakfast
What if we found east and west and north and south and recognised all the constellations in our sky and how they got their names And studied the effect of phases of the moon to see how our moods change as she waxes and wanes
What if our days became so full we could not imagine a world outside Dashing to work Flying through time Eating without tasting Living Without seeing
What if Instead of thinking of our world shrinking becoming more confined We became happier, calmer, wiser Learned to breathe deeply, fully What if our lives instead of getting smaller got bigger.
Forbidden fruit is tempting me From just beyond the neighbour’s gate A fully laden apple tree Forbidden fruit is tempting me Tho’ he’s no Adam nor I no Eve T’is sin that fruit is going to waste Forbidden fruit is tempting me From just beyond the neighbour’s gate
I walked to the church this morning a nod to Easter Day The church was silent the car park empty but further down the road I saw a mailbox adorned with a large painted easter egg No Easter egg hunts this year instead we have the bear hunt Today I saw my first Teddy bear He wasn’t in a window like town teddies In the country the driveways are long Teddies who want to be seen need to be hardy He was a big bear tied to a fence decorated with red baubles And he was very wet I wanted to rescue him but I figured he wanted to carry on this brave bear doing his bit Further down the lane I saw a basket of bears wrapped in tinsel I smiled as I thought of these crazy times when the the planet was locked down and the simple things were embraced and the teddy bear became a world ambassador
It is always winter here A Narnia landscape made for me I walk with a dream man our footsteps crunching deep in the snow We arrive at a frozen lake the vastness is incredible The creaking of the huge ice fields The voice of the wind telling me this is what I dreamed of what I always wanted. You are safe, the dream man tells me
Then we are in a warm room A stranger tells us we can’t go because the clocks are going back I don’t know where we were going so it doesn’t matter I think of Turkish Delight and look out of the window to a darkening land A glimmer in the sky tugs at my cloak drags me away from the dream I wrote and the man who found me there
My eyes stay closed in denial until the light burns through The sun’s first rays blaze golden on the wooden chest the Snow Queen landscape has melted into wisps of smoke Survival signals in the lightening sky We made it through the night
Later in the valley clouds race, grey on violet on indigo on not quite white They pile up, a great stormy candy floss mountain I hear the call of the wind the creak of the lake Frozen in a never-ending winter I am not afraid He tells me I am safe
Evening shadows cast incantations across the grass in beautiful ancient calligraphy Venus is transiting through Gemini Moody introspective concerned with subtle emotions mystical depths not at home in the world of course not
I shuffle the cards 6 of Swords, The Moon, The Chariot The waxing moon in Virgo attempts to keep me practical But it is longing that drags me through the day to darkness to a dream of a frozen lake and he who tells me I am safe.