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NO-BODY KNOWS – d’Verse Poetics: No! Vember

“No travelling at all – no locomotion,
No inkling of the way – no notion –”

For this week’s d’Verse Poetics Prompt sarahsouthwest gave us a poem by Thomas Hood to reflect on titled “November“. She encouraged us to use a line or 2 out of it as inspiration for a new poem or to get our protest on by saying no to/speak out against something. I have chosen to do a bit of both with the above 2 lines from the poem as part of it. To do this I’m going back in time a little to the midst of the virus and the Covid 19 lockdown. I know I’m a bit late with this post as I struggled with it yesterday as I felt I was going around in tangents & circles. Please let me know what ye all think of it! 🙏😊😁

NO-BODY KNOWS

“No travelling at all – no locomotion,
No inkling of the way – no notion –”
Or idea of where to go
When it will all end?! No-body knows.
No places to go; no things to do
Nothing but the lockdown blues
Leads us into social retreat
Claustrophobia & itchy feet
Restrictions and lockdowns
Freedoms being knocked down
To halt the spread of coronavirus
No good can ever come from this
Loss of loved ones; poor mental health
Now we have to tighten our belts
With price hikes across the board
Leaving a lot of us floored
Having to choose between
the necessities is obscene
of fuel & food; what will we do
Stay warm or get fed
Get up or stay in bed
“No travelling at all – no locomotion,
No inkling of the way – no notion –”
Of how we will emerge from this
Terrifying descent into the abyss
Of anxiety and depression
Economic recession
Of poverty & starvation
Enforced deprivation
A result of the war in Ukraine?!
Too easy for us to lay the blame
Leaves us threading uncertain terrain
Unsure of what’s going to happen next
Need something to alleviate the stress
Someone to take a stand and say No!
No more of the bad news that explodes
Each night on our glaring TV screens
Tablets; phones and twitter feeds
This insidious disease of disinformation
Pre-judgement; hate & defamation
That gets worse each passing year
And paralysed us with anxiety & fear
Leaves us with…
“No travelling at all – no locomotion,
No inkling of the way – no notion –”

Should you wish to participate in the prompt then you can access it through the following link:

https://dversepoets.com/2022/11/15/no-vember/

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  1. No more of the bad news that explodes
    Each night on our glaring TV screens
    Tablets; phones and twitter feeds
    This insidious disease of disinformation
    Pre-judgement; hate & defamation
    That gets worse each passing year

    YES to all of this!

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    1. Took a while for this poem to flow for me but it was around the paragraph that you’ve quoted here that it all started to come together and make sense. I’m glad it spoke to you! 🙏😊

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