It's June and we are easing cautiously out of lockdown and into summer.
I have been having fun turning some of my poems written during these surreal times into small artists' books using just a single sheet of A4 and collaging cuttings from my pile of old magazines.
A conversation with a friend who is generously getting groceries in for a vulnerable neighbour sparked today's 'shopping list' poem.
A Monkey Shoulder to lean on during the lengthening days
A box of random organics - delivered alternate weeks - to sharpen my kitchen inventions
Bottles of milk to bless the doorstep twice a week
Bags and bags of fair-trade tea
A sourdough loaf to slice and savour with soups and salads and homemade spreads
A superior shortbread biscuit - dipped in milky tea - to soften the scream of early-hours insomnia
Mail-order ginger granola not-so-sweet sumptuously soaked in cinnamon-poached pears
Carrots juiced for a sunrise hit
A bar of Green & Black’s stashed out of sight
A freezer of fresh fish or sometimes a supper down on the shore
A case for wine o clock
Pages to turn my head and heart
Paper to cut and fold
A quiz to test me
A film to transport me
Clothes that can’t confine me
Poems to compose
Wildlife to wonder at
Weather to measure the days
A visiting cat to clap while
Lashings of time idle inexorably away.