Almanac Life: Time of Coronavirus Day 200 in Melbourne – Persist



Day 200 now in Melbourne of ifyoucanworkfromhomeyoumustworkfromhome and weeks months seasons slip by slip by slipslipslip by and autumn equinox and then winter solstice and then spring equinox pass and still we persist persist persist with hope in our hearts persist with hope in our hearts in saving one another daily saving one another through acts of civil heroism and sacrifice and with thought and action always of the greater good and of humility and of people and of things greater than self and on we go on we go through a wet Melbourne autumn and a wet Melbourne winter and workfromhome and schoolfromhome and entertainfromhome and laughsingarguecryfromhome and through board games and books and electronic devices and coloured pencils and musicals and movies and series and online shopping and cook bake create and makeitupmakeitupmakeitupagain and again and again and we you you me hold on (hold on) don’t throw your hand if you feel like you’re alone no, no, no, you’re not alone and walks walks walks under grey skies and black skies and showery skies and rainy skies and sunny skies and misty skies and clear thoughtless skies and we walk walk walk and on we go with each other without each other and music music shared played learned and photos from afar and whattimeisdan’spressconference and didyouseeitoday and politicisation of discontent and waves of outrage and words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup and meetgather online and ithinkyoureonmute and yourestillonmute and howaboutnow and thatsbetter and school and work in pyjamas and rain on the roof and leaves of grapevine turn from green to orange to red to a deep deep purple and then fall one by one to the ground and wisteria too and maple too and pear and the cherry too and spindly silhouettes of winter and the flash and burst and heartwarming vibrancy of midwinter wattle and lengthening days lengthening lengthening days of budding of spring and bursting wisteria and bloom and bees and pear blossom and cherry blossom and windy windy spring of bees and tentacles of grapevine sprawl sprawl sprawl eyesmiles and face masks and facemasksfacemasksfacemasks and isolation birthdays and ohitsashametospendyourbirthdayinisolation and letscatchupwhenthisisallover and whendoyouthinkthiswillbeover and rivers of speculation and all we have is now and all we have is now now now and whatisthedailycounttoday and didyouseetodaysnumber and idon’tknowwhetherthat’sgoodornot and neitherdoi and stillness and cacophony and opinion and jousts and out we go no further than 5km from home and out we go but always within the curfew and stay away we must from other houses and maintain we must our isolation barrier protection and whole spans arcs sweeps of time alone in wonder and wander on we go on we go and wherever whichever whatever comes next we in Melbourne know a thing or two or know a thing or three about life and about control and about fairness and about each other and about certain others and mostly mostly we know now things about ourselves and if you are here you know and if you are not here you do not and that is the start of it and the end of it and if a time comes when we from Melbourne will sit at a table with old friends we will know it in each other’s eyes and we will know it with access to no other part of each other’s face than the eyes and we will look into each other’s eyes and we will say do you remember nothing stopped us on the field in our day. Love to all others in Melbourne.



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About David Wilson

David Wilson is a writer, editor, flood forecaster and former school teacher. He writes under the name “E.regnans” at The Footy Almanac and has stories in several books. One of his stories was judged as a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2021. He shares the care of two daughters and a dog, Pip. He finds playing the guitar a little tricky, but seems to have found a kindred instrument with the ukulele. Favourite tree: Eucalyptus regnans.


  1. Yep.

  2. Across the universe, to be sure.

  3. Poetic and without punctuation
    you’ll never walk alone
    under grey skies over Collingwood
    just bewediful

  4. And we wake up and realise it is still real and we try to think of things to look forward to but know it’s a ruse and we wonder how much we have changed and if they have and we sometimes sneak down the laneway to release the mask if only for a few seconds while we are alone and take in big gulps of fresh air and think glorious thoughts of how great it will be when we can take in great big gulps of fresh air at will and say we will never take great big gulps of fresh air for granted again and time strangely passes and we feel we are getting closer ….and ….and….the goal posts are moved again….

  5. Jeanette Wilson says


  6. Hayden Kelly says

    Oh Dear is that a or a dump from my brain . Brilliant stuff .
    It did have cause to smile when my green grocer asked me this morning ‘so how has your week been ‘
    please my week has been the same for 6 months .

  7. Luke Reynolds says

    So impressed by your consistency over 200 days DJ Wilson, across all platforms. I sense you and your family have made the best of the situation. Chisel to end the piece, magnificent. I look forward to that table at the NFA.

  8. thank you all.
    very kind.
    another day is here. Grateful for the chance to do it all again.

  9. Frank Taylor says

    Terrific Tall man.

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