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The Curtain's Up

In July 2020 the Covid 19 lockdown is winding out and people are returning to work places and routines. For many it's been a long time working in the spare room, on the dinning room table or on their lap. A range of activities have been missed, not least socialising at the end of the shift. The Curtain's Up is the first in a trilogy marking the event.

'The Curtain's Up'

Fortuitous though it may be, the curtain’s been raised.

I am sitting in a pub, content, happy and slightly amazed.

There’s me, five staff and a bucket of sanitiser.

Like a diseased mad cow, I fear a taser.

I'm weighing up the pros and cons while wading into my third.

It’s gilt edged déjà vu, with a slight smell of turd.

The bar maid is thin haired with dodgy teeth.

A social veneer, wafer thin and nothing beneath.

I’m on my fifth and starting to worry about a name.

I saw it as a curtain raiser, but maybe it’s an end game.

I move to seven and things just will be.

It's not just a pubs name, it's curtains for me.

(Loot, 2020)



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Image credit, Drapery, Emily Halper, United States

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