This contribution features a series of short poems which trace life during the pandemic as an academic on maternity leave with her first child and whose husband is a frontline worker. These poems traverse through this life of/in the pandemic in a chronological fashion that also cuts across the globe from the death of loved ones, their children unable to leave the US to attend their funerals in England to our baby’s eight-month development review in Scotland where certain questions could not be asked due to lack of interaction with other human beings; from the covid test performed on our then ten-month old in a park and ride carpark in another part of Scotland to the birth of my nephew in Northern Ireland where my sister was dropped at the hospital door by her husband, alone until the active stage of labour; from video calls with daddy in PPE to the lingering effects of my father’s own covid experience. Titles of these short poems therefore include, amongst others, ‘Death,’ ‘Development Review,’ ‘Covid Test,’ ‘Birth’ and ‘Long Covid.’ In many ways, these short poems come together to form one larger poem that maps the ebbs and flows of how covid-19, medicine and everyday life intertwine.


Copyright © 2021 Publisher / the Author. This work has been made available online on the source repository in accordance with publisher policies or with permission. Permission for further reuse of this content should be sought from the publisher or the rights holder. This is the final published version of the work, which was originally published at https://repository.stcloudstate.edu/survive_thrive/vol6/iss1/19

Cite as

Mills, L. 2021, 'Life of/in a pandemic', Survive & Thrive: A Journal for Medical Humanities and Narrative as Medicine, 6(1), article no: 19. http://hdl.handle.net/10023/24886

Downloadable citations

Download HTML citationHTML Download BIB citationBIB Download RIS citationRIS
Last updated: 16 June 2022
Was this page helpful?