Lockdown poem

When it all started and the door shut tight
Fear took me
Walls closed in around I couldn't breathe
I was lost as it closed around me
Even when I was lucky to go outside
The mask I wear don't hide the tears inside
Where are my queer people where is my community
I feel all alone
Double lockdown from the world and my community
Try to keep strong, may the queer light guide me

Getting out

I feel privileged with job security, house, garden, two dogs and a loving husband. Self-isolation has been tough though because I thrive on other people's energy. I had to reinvent friendships and forge new ones via online forums, video chats, talking to neighbours when clapping to recognise essential workers... Routine has helped a lot, including coffee socials with colleagues. This has reshaped our relationships, often made them more personal. But regular sports and getting out of the house to be on my own has been essential for focusing on myself to store up energy for my new communities and healthy house life.