Lockdown Diary / 2

Red roses and hyacinths are in bloom. There is a cool breeze on this sunny day. I am cooking chicken with preserved lemon and olives. Lola is dancing Salsa and Cha Cha Cha out in the garden. There is a black and white photograph of my grandmother on the wall. The sea is not far. We will go swimming soon. My son has brought a pelican from somewhere in the wild. There is a party tonight and I don’t have enough wine. The phone rings. Government has issued a ban on private vehicles. There will be a curfew from Wednesday. I hang up. There is a black and white photograph of my grandmother on the wall. I am cooking chicken with preserved lemons and canned tomatoes. Three roses and four mandarins on the balcony. I touch them, then sanitize my hands. The scent of Dettol fills the room. We will soon go swimming in bleach.

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