Lipstick Days Poem

Lipstick Days Poem By Sue Ellson

Lipstick Days Poem

By Sue Ellson


Remember the days
When lipsticks were the craze
Stockings and heels
And in person deals


Regular visits to the salon
Various suits to match and put on
Fragrant wafts of perfume
On trains where you squeezed for room


After work drinks at the pub
Saturdays at the footy club
Lamb roasts together on Sundays
Caravans and bikes on holidays


Just two short years ago today
The life we knew faded away
With a screen, a mask and a mission
Most things we do now need permission


From the memory of the past
I will find new ways to deal with what’s cast
For life is truly for the living
So I’ll put on some lipstick and keep grinning!


On 25th January 2020, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced in Victoria, Australia. Life here seems very different now. I spent an hour and forty minutes on the phone to a friend today because it was too hot to go out, but we did start reminiscing about our lives before COVID-19 came to town. We are acutely aware of the opportunities we still have, the conveniences we still enjoy and the options we have available to remain healthy and safe. Every day I think about how personally thankful I am for the work that other people do to keep things going as normally as possible.

I am sure that many of us (mostly white collar women) will remember items in this poem that we do not want to go back to, so this is not a lament, simply a reflection as we all know that ‘the only constant in life is change’ (thanks Heraclitus for that quote). With love, Sue Ellson 🙂

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