Yesterday’s faded rainbows

We’re delighted to be able to share a poem called Yesterday’s faded rainbows by Bernadette Jordan. It’s a poignant look into the experiences of people living in care homes during lockdown. 

Yesterday’s faded rainbows

She saw

faded rainbows on crinkled paper

through barred panes

in lock down care.


The care home door,

stripped of ‘Welcome’

said, ‘Window visits only.’


His window opened just a crack.

Straining her neck,

        shouting through glass,

                reaching him

with muffled mumble.


His fumbling fingers reached.

They palmed the window, hand against hand

soft flesh, smooth glass,

almost a touch,


His eyes met hers

faces open.

Their wants flood space between

Until he simply wants to brush stray hair from her face.


His smell imagined, grip unfelt,

Smears of hand gel,

Contact cut by glass.


She blew breathless kisses

And walked away

from window pain.     

© Bernadette Jordan, August 2020