I posted this last year on the Transita Authors blog, but it is just as apposite this year.
And every year.
Flanders meets the High Street
by Jan Jones
Standing in Waitrose at eleven o’clock
All life suspended
One woman reaching for a steak&kidney pie
An old man gripping his wire basket
Me with my trolley as thousands of cheerful, too-fast soldiers
March before my eyes in jerky shades of grey
PALs: joining up together, fighting together
A village wiped out. A community blasted.
The cashiers sit down again
Two minutes of life, gone in the blink of an eye.