put on the crown
there is no other way to play this
it is yours.
the crown of divine rule
signature of high office
of Know Thyself.
it was a crown of thorns for Jesus
a crown of daisies for us
sprawled in the grass
spindly legs freckles on cheeks
ribbons in our hair,
fingernails slitting the stem and feeding daisies through
until we had a ring of them squashed on our heads,
dancing and laughing in sweet innocence.
climate disaster war coronavirus nuclear waste
a long long dream away,
more like threepence to spend on a lolly
a new pencil case or ruler
shoes with laces
because now I could tie bows.
it was porridge and bath before bed
a hot water bottle and a goodnight kiss.
now the grandchildren know
empty food shelves
closed shops parents out of work,
they know the swimming pool the playground the skatepark
and the gelati shop are out of bounds,
they know that if they don’t wash their hands someone might die.
fear and statistics broadcast hourly
don’t hang out with your friends
don’t sit on a park bench even on your own
don’t go for a drive or have a picnic with your family in a secluded spot
don’t hike or camp.
the lost job queue winds on around the corner
phone lines internet choke and seize up
not enough data
facemasks hand sanitisers tissues
placing health workers at risk.
science is definitive
telling the story
crunching the data
building models and graphs
stand back stay home
wash your hands
governments around the world agree
and lockstep a program designed to keep us in place.
go online and get a life
if only we had data
skype youtube zoom facebook,
the world’s your oyster on a screen
look up nature
david attenborough will show you unimaginable beauty
all with a cuppa in hand.
the bandwagon calls us to participate
and it matters little what we believe or what theory we admire
or whether we agree,
it is clear, it is legislated
stay home and wash your hands.
let go of normal existence
stop the world.
corona is latin for crown
virus by name
game changer by station,
children are home climbing trees in the backyard singing
seeds and seedlings are being planted
windows doors open so voices can reach out and touch anothers heart
waving at neighbours
meals left on doorsteps.
Has Adani stopped operations?
the guns been silenced?
the military on hold?
Have weapons manufactures shut down?
logging of native forests ceased?
Is there a moratorium on the making of deadly viruses in labs?
Will hunting elephants and whales stop ?
Do not gather in numbers greater than two
five at a wedding, 10 at a funeral,
someone has called for single use plastic bags to be reintroduced
does this make sense and how would we know anyway?
the righteous send forth and
the kindhearted people who do not wish to see this virus spread
stay home and dream.
I make hand sanitiser, anti- viral sprays and soap.
sew face masks, hankies and oven mitts
knit dish cloths and scrubbers.
I no longer hug friends if I should accidentally see them
take wide circles around people in shops and shower when I come home.
I stay home in a country of… ‘we are all staying home.’
don’t know for how long
if we will get sick and die or get sick and live or stay healthy.
we don’t know if we will go mad, if food stocks will improve or whether there will ever be toilet paper pasta or rice on the shelves again.
what we do know is that we have no right to socialise,gather in groups, sit in cafes or playgrounds parks or beaches, we cannot go to the opera the football the movies the museum…
And many many people no longer have the right to work.
This is how it is
here is where we find ourselves and reinvention is part of playing the game.
This is an opportunity for that retreat you didn’t know you needed
for honest reflection
what do we really need?
what can we let go of?
and bring into focus
the healthy option for all humans and all planetary life.
A crown is on offer
championed by a virus that has stopped the known world.
Sun wind wallaby oceans tides flowers and cabbages continue
to make their mark
to be who they are
clouds stars evolution love is all around us
push through the veil of stock market share price illusion
enter into divine realisation
take up the mantle
put on the crown
go to work
transform the world with respect and integrity.