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Poet's corner - Social Distance

Written by Ryman Healthcare
on April 24, 2020

early isolation
for medical reasons

narrow corridor
neighbour advances smiling
I smile and turn my head away
and explain with an elbow bump
towards where I think she is
she’s long gone
I knock on her door
stand two meters back
door opens then slams
sigh – just one more fence
to mend when it’s over
a walk outdoors
someone coming 
I swerve onto grass
namaste to a blank look
try Japanese bow
she laughs
we talk across space
a new friend made
two weeks later
the nation joins us
how great the relief
of mentoring others
and still the time          s  t  r  e  t  c  h  e  s        a   h   e   a   d 

© Karen Peterson Butterworth

(Reprinted from Kapiti Libraries' website posting with their kind permission.)

Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski on Unsplash

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