A Jaunt is a photo journey taken by Alison during the second peak of the pandemic through the Everton area of Liverpool. The freeflow text responds to the images taken and the reality of living in lockdown.
Ballast Capturing leaves They fall, season dictates Bittersweet oranges Tarnished umbers Dishevelled, reduced Erstwhile leafy; vivid Fresh, fertile edged Now dispersed; decay
Grid formed geometric, they dwindle Ashtray of the urban Green space Stands ruptured Handle thrust forward Splintered forth Collision engaged Chain of Bargains Discount stores Line the city Multi-pack Multi-discount Multi-consumers Seeking conserve Coins stretched Pennies pinched
Leaf forms flutter Wind-stream low-lying Descending, cascading lines across lines up lines down all circuits, every route A catchment tool Scathing, downward to decay End of foliage End of season Death, frosts enrol, white Hapless Nix evergreen One-season wonder Beautify Age Fall Finis through downfall
Grassland encompasses Dictated requisite Local authority; provide parklands Urban respite Greenery, foliage Escape from high rise From Victorian terraces From two up, two downs
Field for fireworks Discarded shells strew pathways Fly high, hell toward heaven Assisted by death masks Halloween trickle-treaters This year, pandemic banned Also, the goons of heroin Pale and malnourished Elongated faces Skin stretched around bones Checks zipped up Lines of ghostly toxin
In tandem: the street drinkers Groups up early Cider engaged Strongest, shop vends Penny laden purchases Doss money change Begged from passers-by Those to work Students drenched; social empathy Provide coppers Cans swelling Mud drenched Hair excesses Scattered; Societies edges.
Succeeding, with sundown Brasses splay Brandishing streets Curtailing cars Curb crawlers A flying trick More heroin More cider More degradation More eradication
Lock down A park markedly altered Notes of saxophone engage airwaves practise; open air Culture to the pastures Sunday offers gospel Singer positioned Hilltop Apex of Everton Belts out chorus’ Songs of the lord Hope and Faith Despondent juncture
Park reclaimed Exercise Prescribed one daily session Decreed by governance National policies Shops, bars, cafes trade less Paths entertain joggers Hills platforms for training sessions Weights out Rope lines shook Sparring Skipping Muscle tone work
Families: one bubble Swing parks restricted Other playmaking sourced Ball rhetoric Skates Scooters Screeches of pleasure
Now; leaves diminish Winter approaches Pandemic set to end What will spring behold? Families to soft play centres Exercise at the gym Sax to rehearsal space Gospel singing in church
Post pandemic return Paths of dog walkers Goons of heroin Hairs of street drinkers Covid diminished Urban sprawl to return