Heather Shakespeare

Deliberation

		

To hug or not to hug, no question.

To stay indoors or venture forth
to share or take your own
to wear a mask or go bare-faced
to anti-bac the packets or not care
to wash your hands again or let it wait
to join with video or just be heard
to call a friend or soldier on alone
to get a test or label it a cold
to force a smile or let the shadows show
to wash your hands again or let it wait
to check the news or put the world on hold
to send her back to school or keep her close
to book a break or leave it till next year
to plan ahead or say today’s enough
to wash your hands again or let it wait
to set reverse or forge a better path
to settle for despair or lunge for hope
to stare into the mud or gaze at stars
to wash your hands again or let it wait

From Even In The Shadow – Mole Valley Poets Anthology 2020