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 Bladon is a writer of short fiction and poetry based in Somerset in the UK. He has degrees in psychology and mental health policy and a PhD in literature and creative writing. His work can be seen in Potato Soup Journal, Forth Magazine, Mercurial Stories, Asylum Magazine, Tuck Magazine and Spillwords Press, among other places. Read other articles by Henry.