And while B and I have

Settled down to a peaceful


PI’s phone call wakes me up

To the world

We are plugged into

Living it

During duress of a pandemic

Adhering to rules

Set-up by the state.

“Come now”, he says

“We have to talk to the man

Whose premises we intended

To use for a presentation

Of the artist’s work.

We’ll need to know where

We’ll go from here toward

A hopeful future.”

“OK. I have to dress,” I reply.

“But I’ll be there in time.”

I murmur…will have to take

The next darned bus…and

To my spouse “help me to

Get dressed.”

“You still have to wash,” she


“Well yes, the French way…”

I respond splashing my face

With warm water.

Just in time to the close-by

Bus stop.

Thanks for small favours of

Our domicile. At times the

‘Öffis’ work just great.

Traveling time to the city has

Been cut down by fifteen

Minutes flat

With a few passengers per

Coach – all masked.




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