We use masks as barriers,

the same veils as those before us.

Blue screens sow restlessness and

heighten the disparity

between now and then.

It’s the waiting, the distillation,

that creates separation.

Have we forgotten that blockades

erode naturally with time?

Ah, but time is marketed ‘scarce’

and waits for no one.

So give it to us, now, now, now,

our battering rams in tow.

“Show us who you really are!

Heave ho! Heave ho! Heave ho!”


- Olivia Barnes


We mistake politeness and reticence for fakery because we are a restless bunch, rushing what shouldn’t be rushed. We know that longevity isn’t proof of quality but just as easily forget that flimsy things are built with haste.