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Perfect Storm


A cold ball of fear.

When you allow yourself a glimpse

A full on glimpse at what is happening

At how changed the world


And how rapid the spread

Around the globe

At how drastic the measures

And how soon the spiraling down


At the empty shelves

And the non-essential travel bans

At the families who rely on school dinners

Having taken all support away from them


At a perfect storm

Just over the horizon

And we’re in summer sandals

With no rain coat


Tamara von Werthern is an award-winning playwright based in Hackney.

You can read more about the success of her dystopian short film, I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire, here.

Her play The White Bike, and climate change book Letters to the Earth, featuring her contribution, are available at Pages of Hackney bookshop on Lower Clapton Road.

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