Lockdown

Silence reigns through the streets afresh
dust particles carry aimlessly across the city
empty plastic bags, surgical masks, dirt
searching for concrete to settle upon
drifting from street corner to sidewalk

The atmosphere is weakened to static
air drained of its potency
an occasional stranger crosses the road
head lowered in pursuit of an unknown destination
a place that they are increasingly uncertain to reach

We are covered in our protections
jackets, masks, gloves, half prepared for it all
shielded from the elements through the strength of experience
the world stays true to its eternal promise
to never remain the same for long

The good old days appear more the brighter
the future a bleak prospect of ambiguity
minds waste in a slow simmer
fixed upon the sights of society’s skeleton
the bones of our foundation shivering for all to see

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