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 Fire Station is the third in a trilogy marking the event.
'The Fire Station'
Dante told me of the fires that burn.
The enveloping flame, the truth I will learn.
Circles of underworld, hotter each time.
No means to quench, well there’s a pint in mine!
Outside table service and ash tray too.
I’m thinking, now that’s a strange thing to do.
Maybe it’s ceremonial, if I spark up, do I get bells?
I wonder briefly, did they get water from Artesian wells?
The bottles keep coming, I think that’s nine.
And now we are back to Dante, but I’m feeling fine.
So, I’ve reached Lower Hell, through a virtual torrent.
Socially distanced and cashless too, I’ll warrant
Before I leave, a must, to the bog, after the bender.
Forget Artesian wells, I now know what fills the tender.
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