Some Poems I Have Written During Lockdown. Part 1

Written by Lexley George in Poetry on 11 May 2020 | Views: 49

Some Poems I Have Written During Lockdown. Part 1

Lexley George has been writing poems and has very kindly shared 9 with us. Here are the first 3.


Bombarded with charts and facts,

we have begun to see

how important small talk is

for you and for me.


All those chats on the phone

that take over an hour

and still we have lots to say,

talk again the very next day.


What do we talk about?

Life and all its turns,

sympathising, sharing,

showing our concern.


Little moments retold,

showing that we care

are even more vital

so we should all still share,


for though it is essential

that the experts give us facts

it’s small talk

that oils the wheels 

and lets us interact.


Small talk, music, books and art, 

they give us soothing balm,

and always, but especially now,

they keep us sane and calm.



I’m not much of a housewife,

clean only when I must –

hardly ever dust, 

I’m really not that fussed,


In the past I used a plan

which had always proved sound

of asking friends to come round.

This spurred me into action

I’d Dyson, dust and polish,

cobwebs demolish

and my family astonish.


But then came lockdown

and I discovered quite soon

that the cameras on WhatsApp,

Facetime and Zoom

need only feature my face

not the rest of the room

so I thought I would relax, 

and just let the dust settle 

on the knick-nacks.


I really thought that

now it wouldn’t take as long

to prepare for a meeting,

but I was wrong.

With that close up camera

full war-paint is required,

and oh dear - I already feel tired

Now I long for that day

so very far away

when I welcome friends, 

and it will be fun -

even if it means housework

will again have to be done.



Now it’s got worrying,

is it too late?

We’ll have to be sensible

for it is our fate 

to be, or near, the age 

the virus seems to love

but we’re not ready yet

to be taken up above

(or maybe below

only you and your God will know)

because let’s face it we’re still in our prime

so let us all take some vital ME time.


Lets paint a mistress-piece,

write, or just read, a book,

learn Bridge or Yoga,

organise all those photos you took.


Yes, I have great plans

of what I could do

Spring clean and garden,

become expert in immunology,

there’s just one snag,

my chronic lethargy,

(sorry about the terrible rhymes

my brain has gone all feathery.)

But I’ll get down to work,

no longer shirk

what I have put off for years.


I’ll forget cabin fever

no longer be a deceiver. 

Then, after 12 weeks I will


a well rounded person

in so many ways,

for without any exercise

I’ll be a much larger size,

and have to loosen my stays!

See Part 2 poems here.

See part 3 poems here.

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