Blog post by John Daniel

Back to normal


People have stopped saying “Hi!”

and “Hullo!” and “Lovely Day!”

Strangers greeting each other, leisurely walking

or pedalling on bikes during lock-down.


We are returning to normal, a silent look on our faces

as we pass without speaking, back to where we belong,

solitary beings alone in a crowd,

hurrying past on the streets.


The old isolation has started again,

re-shaping our lives. We are counting ourselves

instead of each other,


scurrying past on our way

to wherever we go,

ignoring those strangers who were our friends for a while.


John Daniel

Author: Eynsham Lockdown Editor