I am now in lockdown. I don’t actually feel it is very strange as I live alone and have been in a form of lockdown since 2006 when my husband died. I had to get used to living alone after 43 years of marriage.
This is different, on a sad day I would go to the V&A museum, Kew Gardens, or I would go to Harrods on a walk about.
My Freezer is full for at least two weeks maybe three, I have enough food to get by and toilet paper. I have started cleaning a cupboard, a job I have long avoided. Nothing excessive you understand, just one or two cupboards per day.
When the weather gets better I will wash my curtains, clean my windows, and generally spring clean.
I start in the morning, after breakfast I go upstairs to my office, I do my banking or should I say check my balance.
One of the good things about not going out is I am not spending as much money. I move on to preparing for my next book of poems. There is a lot of weeks’ work in that. I spent an hour maybe two and then go downstairs.
I am knitting for my great-grandchildren. I leave the knitting until I am watching the television.
On the good side, my grandchildren messaging me on Facetime. More attention then I am used to which is wonderful.
My garden is on my list of things to do, I will make it into a wonderful space that I can move around in. I need to throw things out of my garage, it is a room rather than a garage, it is full of useless stuff that I find hard to get rid of.
I have taken to doing a short video of my breakfast calling it RollCall with a little chat. I get a thumbs up so I know friends are free of the virus. It is a new skill I have developed and now I am doing videos of my favourite poems, a skill I am still developing.
I will sign off for now keep safe. Wash your hands don’t go in crowded spaces.
I am a Limerick Author poet. I have written three books in three years. For me I am rewarded with the achievement of holding these books in my hand. The Emigrants 2017, Poetics Book of 100 poems 2018 and Poetics Book of Poems Volume 2 released September 2019. I write under the pen name Glynn Sinclare AKA Clare Glynn Chitan. My poetry has been read on several audio poetry radio shows of American poet Tamara Miles “Where the light must fall” Broadcast by Spiritplants Radio and Alan Johnson “The World Comes to you”.