Wednesday 6th May 2020
Clapham has become a village, around a green. The streets barely populated, though every supermarket with queues to enter (Tesco, Waitrose, M&S). By the time you hit the park it’s quite crowded, albeit each of us 2m apart -an army of dog walkers, joggers, footballers, weight lifters, cross-fitters and yoga poses as far as the eye can see, clogging up the horizons. Plus the odd toker, affiliated to benches. Sitting in cross-legged rings, furtively swigging cider, hands on knees to adopt a tantric position should the fun police suddenly materialise. We positioned ourselves in the centre of the field to be able to see them coming, then catching up: gossiping, bitching, laughing and swapping news stories. We’ve nowt to report life-wise, it’s all too static. Drinking in the sun, just the one -I am become everything I said I wouldn’t be.
Then the slow traipse home, stopping often. The shop windows, some empty, others promising alternate realities of a different time -but all in still, frozen as a photo. The setting sun, the empty glass of the world. People pass, lonesome in the air so clear. Weird, that there are no more animals.
I get why people used to worship the sun. I mean look at it.
There’s something about a summer where the streets are empty. De Chirico comes to mind.
Ubiquitous selfies, not sure why.
I do worry. I’m becoming the small town window twitcher, writing letters to the council. Irremediable fuckclowns.