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When We Come Out of the Darkness by Clair Chilvers


Photo: Clair Chilvers http://clairchilverspoetry.co.uk/


When We Come Out of the Darkness


When we come out of the darkness

leave behind the half-life

a life of distance from others

a life without touch.

Small touches – hand on arm,

kissing the top of The Boy’s head

his arms round my waist in greeting.


When we come out of the darkness

leave the live-streamed musicians

the dancers in their kitchens

actors with headphones.

Share anticipation

as we buy a programme, order interval drinks,

see friends unexpectedly.


But there were new experiences

Zoom calls to friends we rarely see,

talking as we might not otherwise

because there was never time.


We have had a surfeit of time

time to waste, or time to spend

on small things – reading, clearing out a room,

finding walks close to home.


When we come out of the darkness will we still watch the clouds pass?


Clair Chilvers © From: Out of the Darkness (Frosted Fire, 2021)