For ten years the small town and port of Shoreham-by-Sea, on the south coast of England, just along the coast from Brighton, has had a thriving, popular literary festival. This year (2020) being the tenth anniversary of the festival the organisers decided to run another poetry competition. The requirement this year was for a ten line poem on any subject. Only two poems could be submitted by any one entrant.
I sent in two poems, one of them being First day at uni. It wasn’t a winner. The other poem, which I considered not so good was ”commended”. I thought my poem pointed up a very serious issue.
I read that some universities were going to employ security firms to police and enforce social distancing on students. This seemed to me an outrageous idea.
No to social distancing
Social distancing goes against natural human behaviour. Logically, if adhered to, it would lead to the end of the human race. It must surely be against basic human rights. And there is much more one could say in criticism of it, but for young people the idea that they cannot come near each other strikes me as preposterous.
That’s what led me to write this poem, First day at uni,2020.
First Day at Uni, 2020
I remember that first day.
I saw you
two metres away.
We went for a walk
in the park
two metres apart.
We should have met in another time.
Now we can never get together
but must stay apart