Photograph: Julian Paren / Creative Commons


It’s meant to get easier
The lifting has begun
But nothing’s more tricky
Than negotiating the pathways

Out of here.
When we stayed home
We knew what to do
We had a common purpose

Everyone did their bit
And those that stayed indoors
Didn’t see those who did not
Being inside, locked away

But now we’re all sniffing the air
We walk through parks
And meet some carefully curated friends
For re-acquaintance

And now we realise we
All went into it together
But we’re all coming out of it

The responsibility
has been put on our shoulders
And there are a million ways
In which to be responsible

Hard to find the balance
Between living again
And preventing a second wave
When we are quicksilver

Collecting by the waterside
In pools. Running into puddles
On wide open spaces. Our nature is
To seek each other. Our brains hold it at bay.

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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