Is it wrong

that I hope we stay in lockdown

a little bit longer?

a little bit forever?

I like it here at home

making meals for me and my love

listening to no-one outside

but the birds

seeing my weekend ahead

with my plans of


I prefer my face hidden

by a mask

so I can move incognito

around my neighbourhood

wearing my comfortable 70s cords

an uncool t-shirt

and my hair, wild and uncut. 

Sometimes I think I wished 

it into being, a world

where the government pays my wages

while I sit in my garden

and read books. 

It is only the sound 

of the ambulances

again and again and again

that reminds me

this is not about me. 

Ms Barney Harper: