Postcards from Malthusia DAY FORTY-EIGHT: John Quinn

Infodemic Blues


I step into Stepford

on the blue mourning walk

for a real gone life.


A masked man at the bank

disdains an old smoker

at a cigarette’s end.


Three cyclists glance left right

beyond the Highway Code

in some secular sin.


A child surveys in

Orwellian fashion.

I step on the hushed road.


People talk in twos of

vacant situations

and sneeze in the sleeve notes.


I slalom my way through

contactless contact and

cue the hue of a queue.


There’s immediacy

and covidiocy

in this infodemic.


Thinking on Pilate’s hands

and gulls gone fishing,

I walk on through the sun.



John Quinn is an ex-teacher writer and performer from Dundee. His poetry in Scots and English has appeared in publications such as Northwords Now, Southlight, Poetry Scotland and Scotia Extremis. He is the author of a modern historical novel ‘he Eyes of Grace O’Malley (Black Wolf Books) and a play O Halflins an Hecklers an Weavers an Weemin about the City of Dundee and the jute industry.

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