An Element of the Cocoon

The Hive

The Hive

I seem to have a recurring theme around the struggle of getting down to work. I feel that it merits another outing especially in this unusual time of home working. Those who have seen it resonate so a light-hearted look, or maybe not light when things need to be done. I got to the end of the term of my Masters with the last two classes online. I feel lucky not to have been in the UK since 16th March. There is a lot of insane behaviour as if the Spring is going to clear this all up, not to mention some political decisions made along the way. Now there is an assignment to procrastinate over and my skills in that arena are well-honed. So as usual, read, enjoy, pass it on, give some feedback. 

Work in a time of COVID-19

Every morning, I walk six metres

from back door to office,

which sits at the bottom of my garden.

I bring my coffee, to drink

as I set myself up for the day.

This involves opening notebooks,

filling fountain pens, booting up

computers, setting up iPads.

Next, importantly, check emails,

list reply needs, sip coffee, check

texts messages and respond.

Now social media needs attention;

watch clips that seduce the eye

but then catch myself on, reach out,

place my journal before me,

uncap my pen. Without noticing,

my eyes glaze over, the page stays

blank, I stare into the middle distance.

Head jolt shocks me back to

awareness; recap the pen

to prevent drying up,

place books in front of me,

glance titles and authors,

review my reading list.

Enough, I move back to social

media for a clips update.

Now, and only now, am I

rescued by the ping for lunch.

My day is half over,

time to trek back home.

Peter Clarke

6th April 2020


Sue Phillips

09.04.2020 21:54

Are you writing about me? Who needs a virus, you know I've been doing this for years but you put it so well.


09.04.2020 19:37

Love it 😊


09.04.2020 17:49

I hear you Peter! The only difference for me is that I go up and down the stairs!!

Latest comments

25.11 | 22:15

Grief is experience through the mundane. Simple but powerful. The accompanying image really compliments the poem.

07.11 | 11:14

Hi Peter,

A great observation! Social media can be a scary place... I also need to reduce my time there



06.11 | 16:24

A great one, Peter, in the context you describe. I don't read social media myself, I doubt my equilibrium could stand it. 'The balance of his mind disturbed' yes, I think it would be.

06.11 | 15:59

Yes, gossip is a weapon of mass destruction.

In my business as well as personal life I have zero tolerance.

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