What happened to the new normal?

It seems that old habits really do die-hard
because now the seas are drowning in blue latex
and fish are mistaking masks for food,

it seems that post COVID dumping
includes discarding your new worldview
as quickly as your single use plastics,

in a life where the former game
of generational blame
has turned into cross-generational shame,

and where concerns about the planet
have melted like a lolly in the summer sun.

Henry is a poet, writer and mental health essayist based in Somerset in the UK. His work has appeared previously in Dissident Voice. Read other articles by Henry.