The Lockdown Poems

Coronavirus Couple


There’s a million-dollar question
I must get off my chest
as we head into the clinic
to take this little test.


So I turn to ask my lover
before we have the checks:
‘If we both have got the virus
can we still have sex?’






Ovid Lockdown


In the time of COVID
you become like Ovid:


banished by Augustus
to Scythia’s Black Sea,
scribbling verse to no one
for all eternity.






Lockdown Socks


I’ve been wearing
the same socks
for about a month.
This possibly explains
why my wife
hasn’t come near me.
Or, then again,
maybe that’s the reason
I couldn’t be stuffed
changing them
to begin with.





Year of the Rat 2020


Ain’t it strange that the Year of the Rat
was upstaged by the feats of a bat.





US Election 2020


The Orange One was sure to get a second term,
until he was confronted by the Orange Germ.






Acknowledgments: ‘Coronavirus Couple’ in The American Bystander.  ‘Ovid Lockdown’ in New Verse News.  ‘Year of the Rat 2020’ in Lighten Up.


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About Damian Balassone

Damian Balassone is a delusional Collingwood supporter who writes poetry and fiction. He is the author of 'Strange Game in a Strange Land'.


  1. Kevin Densley says

    Neat, fun bunch of short pieces, DB! My favourite (after a couple of readings, anyway) is “Lockdown Socks.”

  2. Love these, Damo.

    I do hope the “lover” in Coronavirus Couple was your wife – as mentioned in Lockdown Socks!

  3. Yes, the socks are a winner

  4. Looks like you’ve ‘knocked the socks off’ your readers, DB.

    I studied Latin in secondary school back in the 60s. I’m pretty sure one of the texts was Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’. Actually, I found that Latin helped a great deal with my language skills generally over the years. Amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amunt. (Check out what your computer’s corrections and predictive text functions do with that!)

  5. Thanks Kevin, Smokie, Kate and Ian. All fiction Smokie, but I think ‘Lockdown Socks’ gets inside the grind of the whole lockdown shebang. Ian, I never studied Latin, but wish I did. I love some of the Ovid translations. I also dig a chap called Martial who takes you into the gossip and slander of Rome some 2000 years ago.

  6. Andrew Starkie says

    Classic, Damo.

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