To the supermarket in early March

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Contribution by
Emily Jennings Brueggemeier

Milton Keynes
Is where they decided to construct an ice rink morgue
Easier building to convert
(Ever since we met you had a hold on me)
I limit the news to the morning time
leave the marigolds on the side
and count 4 plastic bags into my pocket
It could be worse

0.3 miles Open Until 10pm
My hands stay cold when I take
the ice cream out of the large freezer
that stretches across the wall
Aisle 9
Thankful that I have 2 pots already at home
I didn’t bulk buy
I just don’t eat ice cream that often
(You started something can’t you see
Ever since we met you had a hold on me)

13 was the youngest
Now 5 years old
Doubling of new cases every 4 days
Quarantine for 7 with symptoms
14 for the whole household
2 paracetamol 4 times a day
Take as needed
(I only know I never want to let you go)

(I don’t know what it is that makes me love you so)
I don’t know when this will end
I make a note in my phone
Of the songs that are playing in the supermarket
Don’t worry be happy
and I only want to be with you Is the music louder than normal?
Or do we all just stand silently obeying,
muffled and shuffling past the mozzarella

I don’t wear a mask
In accordance with guidelines
Some do

Others have scarfs placed over
their mouths and nose,
casual

Clutching his trolley, a man stands
at the entrance to the supermarket, a mask,
dangling under his chin
(It could be worse
I could be living under a fucking bridge)
The man he directs his thoughts to gives a gentle nod and a weak smile
2 meters apart
It doesn't matter where you go or what you do
I proceed to the cantaloupes

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