Be Careful What You Wish For

This year has unravelled
like a discarded old sweater.
The sound of distant
traffic that died weeks ago
sounds closer now,
and the empty pandemic town
has started to regain its orange glow.
How long will we see the stars,
scattered like salt across the night sky?
We must not give in to temptation,
take our eyes off heaven,
knit everything back up
the way it was before.
Be careful what you wish for.

Kim M. Russell, 30th April 2020

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A poem re-written for earthweal open link weekend

I’ve rewritten a response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads NaPoWriMo Day 20: When Good Wishes Go Bad from 20th April 2016.

19 thoughts on “Be Careful What You Wish For

  1. kaykuala

    How long will we see the stars,
    scattered like salt across the night sky?

    No one is able to tell. The consequences will be bad. What we know is to be staying home and be safe.


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  2. Your warning is wise. A crisis is an opportunity to change for the better…or worse. Going back to the same old same old, is not really what will take us to a better place. Good writing!

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. The UK, England in particular, now has the highest number of deaths and cases in Europe, and the government has mishandled the pandemic since it kicked off. I refuse to go back to ‘normal’. People are behaving irresponsibly and without any consideration, swarming to the coast and the countryside, having what they call ‘a good time’ with no social distancing, and then leaving all their rubbish behind them! We have seen spikes already and I can see another lockdown on the horizon, with more to follow if people don’t get a grip.

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