Day 11

By Paul Robert Mullen

the main drag through town



a police van trails me to

the roundabout

            a temporary digital sign flashing

stay home, save lives


the engine of the world has stopped

i can’t help but think


by the empty windows

            shuttered storefronts

signs of apology attached to letterboxes

                        & lampposts

i wear a mask in Morrisons

wait for people

            to leave the isles before

scuttering through

            holding my breath

we observe each other like an unfamiliar race

suspicion & distrust

            bubbling in our eyes

it’s a lottery

            of malevolent droplets

the PM // cooped up   with symptoms

says things will get worse


anything gets better


Paul Robert Mullen is a poet, musician, lecturer, radio presenter, traveller and sociable loner from Liverpool, U.K. He has three published poetry collections: curse this blue raincoat (2017), testimony (2018), 35 (2018) and disintegration (2020) He has been widely published in magazines worldwide. Paul also enjoys paperbacks with broken spines, and all things minimalist.  Follow him on Twitter @mushyprm35.

This poem is a part of the DISTANCED project.