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March 25th, the deadline

For this poetry assignment;

The first of thirty days, they say,

Of solitary confinement.


The frost is in the freezer,

Not yet blanketing the ground

Cool Marty’s gone from party mode

To peace and quiet profound.

The young and reckless revellers

Have all mercifully now stopped

And none too soon— What’s that great din!?

Another pin just dropped.


As I write this two weeks ago.

No lives have yet been lost.

But writing is more difficult

With thumbs and fingers crossed.


As trials go, the jury’s out

We’ve broken with convention

Where juries don’t get sentenced

To a month of home detention.


I know things may be different now,

Much harder to endure,

We’ve always thought outside the Square:

Let’s try a different cure.


I’ve got some information

That you’ll likely find quite weird

But it might stop you fearing

Things you’d otherwise have feared.


You might just want to try this

And suspend your disbelief;

You might just love the feeling,

It might bring you some relief.


I’m told we’re all just energy,

Enduring and renewable

Where stifling viruses with thoughts

Is eminently doable.


With thoughts of love, specifically;

(I hear you jokers squirm!)

Love, properly meditated,

Can extinguish any germ.


It’s a matter of vibration:

If we vibrate really fast

The negative just cannot live

A virus can’t get past


The forcefield of our loving thoughts;

We’ll drain it of its power

And we’ll defeat this virus:

It could be our finest hour.


But love not only family

And the friends you hold most dear,

But love, too, those you most oppose,

Your worst faults… and your fear.


“What? Love my fear? I fear you’re mad!”

Then love my madness too!

To neutralise what we despise

That’s what we need to do.


Say “I love you” and “I love me”

And feel it as you say it:

“I love my warts, my fearful thoughts”

— And don’t just think it, pray it.


“I love the sod who stole my car”,

“I love my neighbour’s anger”:

The more you love thy neighbour’s rage

The less you’ll be in danger.


The more you pray bad thoughts away

The less they’ll prey on you,

So still your mind… and tell you fear…

“You bastard, I love you.”


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