We Are Making a New World by Paul Nash, 1918. Image: Wikicommons

Brave New World


I wake up early, it’s still dark.

There are no sounds outside is quiet

No early morning planes ploughing

Silver lines into the skies, no cars


That started early to beat the morning rush

It should be peaceful, but it makes me feel

As though I’m falling off the edge of the world

Spinning into black and endless space


The days are both full and empty.

Working from home and teaching my kids,

Cooking, cleaning, the one half hour

Of moving through sunshine


Keeping a careful two metre distance

Between everyone I meet, heart pounding

With the rhythm of my steps and aching at

The sight of trees in blossom, green grass


It’s fine. We can adjust, we have to just tick off

Each day, one after the other. One foot in front

Of the other, small steps. Through this utterly changed

Brave New World of ours. 


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 Firehere.

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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