'Touch wood, cross fingers ... Out we come': laureate marks easing of lockdown with 'Cocoon'
Anyone experiencing mixed feelings about the latest easing of lockdown in the UK? The tonnes of litter left in public parks, the return of traffic jams on roads to the coast? Earlier this week the poet laureate Simon Armitage read a new poem, ‘Cocoon’, to mark the moment on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Here it is:
by Simon Armitage
Where did the world go?
Once round the sun then landed us right here
Back where we started from
Conquistadors of the high street and malls
Bold explorers of swimming baths and service stations
And superstores. Pioneers of the new world
Which is the old world wearing a nervous smile
Think of your hand or arm brushing actual skin
Imagine breathing a stranger in
First contact, close encounters
A butterfly yawns and hoists its new born wings
To the full blown dawn
Once round the sun then the doors open and
Touch wood, cross fingers, cue fanfare
Out we come.