And on the third router restart, He rose again.
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The desultory, limping, flight into the night.

Ejected from bright lights and chemical-polished stainless-steel. The cold swirls but hesitates to take hold, like an all-encompassing mosquito. After careful consideration, it latches onto skin and gorges. That shiver in acknowledgement.

The dishies chat in some foreign language, sharing a cigarette. The…

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The last time we’d had dinner at the dining table — a second-hand IKEA pick-up for a couple hundred bucks — was when I’d made pasta from scratch. A touch of nutmeg turned into too much and the sauce ended up being a bit too dry for my liking. …

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We’re old hands at it now
As cases rise, we bow
To staying inside
And starting the ride
Back down to zero, we vow


I don’t mean to brag
But my cakes, once ragtag
In lockdown have become
By far number one
And hoist high I will, that flag


Before COVID, you should have seen
This apartment — it was quite a scene
Called pigsty by some
Full of filth, dirt, crumbs
And now glitteringly, sparkling clean

Matt Querzoli wrote these. Sydney is locked down again. Where the fork are our vaccines?

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You complain of how you feel ill
To your mother — her answer a thrill
Your body taxed
You kick back and relax
To watch a midday episode of Doctor Phil


Your parents have indulged you
When you said you had the flu
No Xbox, though
A harsh blow
So you watch a marathon of movies, in lieu


To be free of the school routine
For even a day, it’s serene
Of blankets instead
And hot meals in bed
Even if your mucus is thick and green

Matt Querzoli wrote these. His usual run of sick-day shows were morning cartoons, Oprah, Dr Phil, Ellen, Ready Steady Cook and Judge Judy. He would have killed for pay TV.

Matthew Querzoli

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