when covid masked the uk 

it also muted talk of ‘letterboxes’

slurs the quoted news had made

a PM’s metaphor for war:

now men who’re aged between

eighteen and sixty-five

wave off grandmothers, 

lovers, wives 

and sisters

as they stay to fight,

defend, their families’ rights to life;

Silence draws its cloak

over all transgendered-folk

whose war, despair and care,

is cast in shade; 

bespoke afflictions are the prize

of several liberties

polarities are prone

to neutralise through war. 

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