Tom Retchford, poet-in-residence at Falmouth Art Gallery, has been writing a collection of poems since mid-March that relate to the current events that we are experiencing because of coronavirus.

It is called Coronology, a play on words of 'chronology', as the poems are in order of the events that have been happening.

Tom explains: "This collection I have written is a way of helping people understand the impact that this disease has had on all of us.

"Because there is no doubt whatsoever this virus has affected every single person in the United Kingdom, amongst so many others around the globe.

"This is not centred to one person such as the reader, but to everyone and everything that is going on. I write for the art gallery and write poems every day about so much stuff.

"My dream is to be a published poet and to get this collection made into a book for people to keep and look back on, allowing them to remember, when we are all through this.

"What it was like not just for them, but for all of us.

"I hope you enjoy them and please leave any comments on the website.

"I hope that all of you continue to stay safe and well, with best wishes."

The latest poem in the series, entitled Business Loss, is below.

What will become of restaurants, bars and pubs?

Leisure facilities, hotels and clubs?

Will they not have any money left to rub?



At least a lot less

Everything that had gone so well the year before

Now this year is to be no more

Sales and transactions out the door?

No more customers or clients?

House guests?

No staff or profits?

Staff are all going to suffer immensely

When the kids are off school, badly

And there's no other way of putting it politely

Everyone is going to be a victim

Employers and employees have a prospect looking grim

Worries of unpaid bills, filling to the brim

It's a morbid time, and we must face the facts

This situation only looks like it'll worsen, and draw bigger effects