another longstanding ritual lost to the grim siege
three nights in intensive care  
flags should not be flown
observing social distancing restrictions
scattered across the country
the conversations would be private
wearing a mask and gloves  
waves from the balcony  
thousands of spectators
conspicuously absent
living in isolation
to show solidarity and stoicism
by staying apart
better days will return
we will meet again

Source: New York Times – Coronavirus Halts Another U.K. Ritual: Birthday Gun Salute for Queen

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The Grim Siege – Cecil Touchon