28 July, Dipton, County Durham, UK

By Margaret McPhail

In the before, as retired people, we had spontaneity we had worked for decades to earn —

We could?  Perhaps?

What about…?

Yes, let’s do that!

Let’s go there?

There’s this film at the Tyneside/exhibition at the Side/new play at Live

We could have lunch there?

We’ll get shopping on the way home

After we’ve dropped in at the library, OK?

Let’s invite the family for a meal?

In the now, we have to book slots —

For shopping deliveries

For visiting Gibside

For visiting Beamish Museum

Our life is small and controlled.

In the future, we don’t know.