Reflections on the bubble

Here in Victoria, Australia all singles have been placed in an isolation bubble by the Government. We are allowed one visitor to our home but it must always be the same person. We can meet with 5 people outside the home but we must all be in masks and social distance. Being a capitalist country we can, of course, shop and go to cafes but only if we wear a mask.

Life is such that the people in my bubble are often busy. Mostly I am alone in my bubble.

deep inside my bubble
I clean house
– physically, metaphorically.

Everything I no longer need
is going now.
One way or another,
slowly and steadily,
my bubble grows cleaner

Outside I hear the tumult,
the mounting chaos.
Last night in a dream
as I ate chicken soup in a cafe
I heard a voice say
‘We’ve crossed a line now,
there is no going back.’

Inside my bubble
I feel myself changing.
Artifice dissolves,
I am becoming something other
than who I thought I was/
something wilder,

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43 thoughts on “Reflections on the bubble

  1. Sherry Marr

    I love this, Suzanne. With isolation and introspection, we get down to the core of our being. I am doing a similar purge at my end…….it feels lighter for sure.

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  2. Your rules are clear, Suzanne, and easy to understand. I wish our government wasn’t so bumbling and would listen to scientific advice. Apart from my husband, the only people I see are my daughter, grandson and mother-in-law, all on the Internet. I have a friend in mental distress who we will visit tomorrow, but socially distanced, as she lives on her own. I’m only alone in my bubble during the daytime and am using that time to write and ‘clean house – physically, metaphorically’ similar to you. I like having a cleaner, brighter, lighter bubble – and I can still enjoy the freedom of our wild garden. I had a visit from an inquisitive squirrel yesterday!

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    1. Gardens are a real haven now. Some people are really in distress. I have a family member like that. It’s hard to help sometimes – it’s easy to get caught up in their freak out and spend the visiting time talking of worst case scenarios. At least that’s how it is for me. I guess family makes it harder to stay detached.
      Like you the days pass in a muddle of creativity and pottering about. Seeing so few people is strange.

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  3. Hi, Suzanne – I’m so glad you have the natural world around you. I’m sure it makes a difference. I love your writing so much – I love the way you’ve used the bubble image here – yes, it’s restrictive, but by the end it’s almost an escape capsule.

    By the way, I’m starting to put together a poetry advent calendar, to run through December up to Christmas. I’d love to have you there. All I need is a vaguely seasonal poem – can be pre-published, whatever – a bit of bio, and if you’re promoting anything at the moment I’m delighted to add links to that. A southern hemisphere December would be a great part of the mix!


    1. What a lovely invitation Sarah. Thank you very much for your comments on my work. I appreciate that.
      I do have one very Australian piece that is loosely about Christmas. I wrote it a few years ago. I will search it out today. I’ll visit your blog later when I’m on my computer (now on phone) and reply in greater depth. Thanks again for asking me.


    2. Hi Sarah, I found the piece of writing that I would like to submit for your advent calendar. I went to your blog but couldn’t find any contact details. Can you please email me at suzanne_593@hotmail. com. Thank you


  4. I keep having dreams where I forget to wear my mask as well.

    This is actually a very hopeful message to me. I too have seen that I need much less, and when/if I’m in a space large enough to get things out of storage, I know a lot of it will be unpacked and given away.

    The hardest part is, of course, the lack of human contact, necessary even if masked and socially distanced. (L

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    1. Yes, sometimes I do go out to shops just to see people but usually they seem so freaked out I’m happy to come home 😀 It will be great when restrictions ease up a bit and we can take these masks off.
      As for stuff, it comes and goes with me. Whenever I stay in one place for long stuff gathers around me. I’m tossing up whether to get rid of most of it and go travelling in a campervan when the State borders open. Haven’t fully committed to the idea yet but it’s gathering momentum. Getting rid of my current load of stuff will be a job – maybe I’ll follow your lead and put it in storage

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      1. It’s a good delaying tactic. I can see now what I really miss and what is excess baggage. Even the things I miss I don’t really “need”. A lot of it’s sentimental. Although it would be nice to have more of my collage references.

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  5. The restrictions are similar here in Ontario, Canada. We do what we must. I’d rather be part of the solution than part of the problem. The bubble is hard to live in, not hugging my son who lives 5 minutes away, just because he works in an office with others while we stay at home. I see no one except him, my immediate household, my mother (where I am also extremely cautious) and the rare self distancing visit with a friend outside. I LOVE that you have found freedom and your wilder self within that bubble. Cheers to that!

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  6. I am also accustomed to isolation, Suzanne, in every sense of the word. I like isolation, it’s necessary for artistic endeavour, but on my own terms. In these strange times, I’ve experienced and sense more hostility, anger around me and stave it off as best I can. I’m doing the best to be creative in these bizarre times. Artists are perhaps luckier than most in that they do not need to ‘socialise’ as much as others, are not afraid of solitude. You can write to me any time. We are like-minded. We should stick together. 🙂

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    1. Yes the anger and fear in some people is extreme. I’ve been feeling that for a long time. It’s just worse now. I like being alone a lot too. I miss the freedom of roaming about in the bush though. I’m considering going travelling round Oz in a campervan when things open up. It’s a big step and I am still playing with the idea. I’m not much good at emails but am starting trading ATCs with other bloggers. If you’d like some send me an email at

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