and most folk stayed at home // followed the rules prayed for an end in sight took up new hobbies binged on Netflix had a lie-in (or two) spent valued time with the kids took a deep breath // time to stare at the walls made phone-calls they’d been meaning to make for months started to write (…there’s a book in everyone…) walked for miles made waves with DIY lived life on Instagram chatting // imagining // procrastinating read that book they always had to sang some songs danced to the heartbeat of a stranded nation talked with meaning tended the garden with an undiscovered pride took a drink // stayed up late rested // healed // pressed reset started to think about things a little differently like they always hoped they might given the chance
Paul Robert Mullen is a poet, musician, lecturer, radio presenter, traveller and sociable loner from Liverpool, U.K. He has four published poetry collections: curse this blue raincoat (2017), testimony (2018), 35 (2018) and disintegration (2020). He is widely published in magazines worldwide. Paul is the co-founder and editor of The Broken Spine Artist Collective.