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Updated: Jun 19




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I was sort of adrift.

Extremely strict and fully compliant, like footprints.

The runners are apparently huge.

Backlogs bite the crust.

The vibe started out at the door, until invited in. BLOODY expensive.

The dressings are almost able to stand up in a response bravado

and other quarters.

The distance of my kennel hand is a wipe down.

Every man and woman and weight has to settle,

each someone in their home, watching and ordering from there.

I have got a little face covering.

Every couple of days, my mother breaks her leg wrenching

and doesn’t have transport.

Her femur was bearing up after a full week

of precautions,

being able to wear branches.

Horrible thing to deal with.

Who knows setbacks and various bits of wood!

Not a big brace - helluva impressive.

Scared about special permission and progress, and the near future.

Pharmacies have been socialising quietly for weeks

with thorns and goats.

I might end up on every shopping trolley for ONE carer,

but am more concerned about the police.

The street is wearing those things, bloody brutal, numbers of months.

You can’t approach the counter and must state your masks.

There’s no Michael carving “molars” out of hope.

My mother’s losing her fight to enjoy.

Must be hard moving.

She’s fractured somewhere else. Shit!

Lying there, losing muscle, losing retirement, the boutique spirit.

He should carve some devil thorns.

Commuter buses have been banned per household.

Lockdown finally decided to meet my reserve list.

The floors are taped and hit Amazon HARD!

I won’t get many more mothers.


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Many medical supplies and other goods are unavailable in Zimbabwe. 'Runners' are lorry drivers who take orders from individuals, drive down to South Africa, buy the goods and deliver them, with a huge mark up for their services.


I am indebted to the Arts Council for funding my project. These narratives are being written primarily in response to stories given. This one is from Angie in Zimbabwe.





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