Friday, 3 April 2020

Topsy Turvey World

Outside of these four walls, the sunlight is dancing around through the branches of my buddleia, highlighting some leaves in vivid lime green, while others remain in shadow-shaded tones of  a 'green with no name' - or at least, not one I can dredge up from my memory.
Small details such as these, must grow in importance over the next days, weeks, months, as I obey  the 'self isolating' command which has been issued to the seventy-plus Oldies such as myself.  My head fails to acknowledge the seventy nine year time line of my life, although my body has other ideas!
However, I consider myself fortunate that my brain continues to live in it own realm of 'Now' and 'Then', both intermingled in a tapestry which has no 'Time Frontier' of border guards to keep them apart.
In a world where boarders are becoming ever more critical, news items focus often on scenes of  people attempting to 'get back home' - wherever that may be.
As Covid-19 decimates populations around the globe, it is the one common aim which overrides all others.
The media dwells on stories of grounded aeroplanes  and cruise ships banned from docking; we see anxious families awaiting return of their loved ones...
But yesterday, TV showed trains in India overloaded, inside and out, with people who no longer had jobs, all desperately trying to get back to the villages where poverty forced them to seek city life in the first place.
No matter how many people strive to make the world a better place, there are still the 'Have's' and the 'Have not's' . The border between them is the hardest of all to cross...


  1. The plight of Indians is mind boggling.

    We are also self isolating.

  2. Goodness, you're a voice from the past! Hello! And yes, awful beyond belief for the poor.

  3. It's great to see you posting again because your voice is needed in blogworld. Yes, the world certainly IS topsy-turvy and also yes, the border between the Haves and the Have Nots is the hardest one to cross. It is true in the "Have Nots to Haves" direction, at least. With the stock market plunging, however, it is now much easier to travel in the opposite direction, "from Haves to Have Nots".

    A singularly instructive trip, I would imagine.

  4. It seems Blogger has decided that replying to comments is no longer the quick option I was used to; bother, blow and blooming heck,says I! LOL

  5. Such wisdom you write. All these borders and all of them conceptual. I bet Covid 19 doesn't recognise them. Good to see you are still blogging.

  6. Good to see you back blogging! Yes the gulf between the haves and have nots is the hardest to cross and the have nots are going to suffer far more than the haves in this pandemic

  7. Quite shocking to see all those people clinging to trains, desperate to get home to families and, sadly, spreading the virus as they go - though 'twas ever thus. So many of us will become 'have nots', the most unfortunate being those who 'have not' life any more.


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