He is at home
Peeping through the curtains
Blue light spinning around the walls
Of what he called his sitting room
Although he had never had one soul come to visit
And sit in the sitting room during the twenty years he’d lived there.
Then the door is thumped again.
He looked down at two figures in long black coats
Clip board in black gloved hand
With masks to match,
A chilly night indeed.
Black helmets to keep their heads warm
Or protected from the non conformists,
A size growing in size and fury.
He shouted down
What do you want?
They read out my name, birth and informed me that
I had come in contact with a person
Who was positive
And they told me from down in the blasted street
That I had to stay at home for 10 days.
They’d be back to check.
As their car moved out of view, he pulled the curtains together
And turned to his confused labrador pup and said
“If I can’t go out, neither can you”.
He went into his bathroom and filled his bath with warm water
And when it was deep enough he picked up and kissed the dog on his forehead
And dropped him into the bath.
As the dog yelped the man stripped and stepped into the water
Beside his pet, closed his eyes and pushed the animal down
Until all movement had faded.
And he said,”O little puppy, I hardly knew you,
But this place is no use to you
And left him there.
He stepped out of his bath and looking through a pile of towels
Found the longest and lightest
And twisted it tightly, then made a noose which he hung from the bathroom door.
Didn’t ever find out the guy’s name
Or occupation or interests or why he did it.
There were signs that he struggled
Marks and scratches on his neck,
But he lost again
Or won, his freedom,
Depending on your point of view.
And outside in the dead of night
There was a raucous banging of wooden spoons on skillets
And cheers and lots of applause
For the Healthcare workers
Who had died helping the dying,
Then it ended. A silence.
The two dark figures arrived at another house
Then another then another
And they didn’t know what was happening
Or where it started
They were just doing their jobs.
That’s the scary part.