Isolation in Common

Our common enemy We are at war. Protected by the walls of our houses, we forget about those unable to hide. Old routines dropped; we turn to computer screens through which our enemy inflicts fear. School work and work moved online as people risk their lives as key worker. Typed words suddenly hold so much more meaning as we reach out to our loved ones who are miles away. We long for a treasured video call that connects us and gives us hope. We are at war, defended on the front line with our armour for those fighting running out, as we civilians feel the need to use it in our daily life on the streets, unsure of where our enemy will strike next. We no longer smile at strangers; we turn away and keep our distance, constantly crossing the street at the sight of other civilisation, unable to trust those around us in these testing times. We are at war, waiting in a long queue outside a supermarket, two metres apart, wishing for some of the shelves to contain the food needed to feed a family, intimidated by disapproving looks when we take more than one of each item. We are at war. Giant graves being dug, hospitals being made from large spaces, schools shut. All events are put on hold except small funerals. We are at war, dreaming of when the battle will end, idolising the future, counting down the days until the next announcement, hoping to soon be reunited with those we miss as we think about the last time we saw them and the memories we have shared. We long for something as simple as a hug. We are at war, protected by our homes; supported by brave soldiers; waiting, pausing and dreaming. We may be at war, but we share many experiences as we fight on. These commonalities make us stronger and our faith in each other allows us to hold out hope that this war will come to an end. In the words of David Foster Wallace “nothing brings you together like a common enemy”.


by Jennifer

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