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On things not learnt in Lockdown

garden chair with table and books in a sunny garden

On things not learnt in Lockdown


My French is still abysmal
My piano playing rusty
My kitchen cupboards are a mess
and all my shelves are dusty

I tried to practise mindfulness
I lasted half an hour
And I haven’t mastered sourdough
(I couldn’t get the flour)

All those on-line fitness gurus
only serve to make me tetchy
But I’m liking my new yoga pants
the waistband’s really stretchy

I’ve re-read PG Wodehouse
when I meant to tackle Dickens
And I’ve watched tv antique shows
when I meant to take up knitting


I’ve learned that silence can be restful
and that walking heals the mind
not every minute must be filled
and listening takes time

That an unexpected letter
can make a person’s day
And that when all this is over
I might live a different way

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