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Towards the end of Summer, we asked poet and one of 2020’s Volunteers Coordinators, Ellie Reeves, to respond the Festival’s cancellation in her chosen medium. In this poem, Ellie reflects on change, career paths, and perfecting Mary Berry’s roulade in the time of Covid.
To whom it may concern,
I am applying for the role of
I am an ideal candidate as I have
bills, rent and an appetite
for Hovis Seeded Sensation –
61p pricier than ASDA’s own brand
and worth every penny.
My recent trip to ASDA
demonstrated excellent teamwork,
negotiating treacherous aisles
and suspect browsing fingers
to reach the Dolmio sauce
right at the back.
I pride myself on punctuality –
never a minute late for Wednesday 8pm
quiz-mania, treated with the utmost
sincerity. As with all important meetings
professional attire is required
(at least on the top half).
I’m not entirely sure if yelling
at Virgin Media over the phone
when the internet went down shows
customer service skills,
but it certainly highlights
my innovative quick thinking
by avoiding the inevitable
emotional trauma of a
family Scrabble tournament.
If you’re not already convinced
by this glowing array of positive attributes
this next one will surely
secure me the job, for I took on
the greatest responsibility of any human being:
the preservation of life.
I think you’ll agree the office orchid
is flourishing in my care,
oh, they grow so fast
when watered twice weekly and
only exposed to indirect sunlight.
I can tell you all the secrets to my success
if you offer a minimum 12 month contract
and consider ‘Muffin Mondays’
just an idea…
In no more than 500 words, pretend lockdown has been a beneficial opportunity for you to grow as a person, and refrain from mentioning any perfectly rational negative response to a global pandemic.
I learnt to bake roulade.
Thank you Mary Berry.
It’s all about how you whisk the cream
holding the spiral sponge together.
I learnt to value moments
like chocolate chips – my own
addition to the recipe, Mary is very
proud of me.
I painted my bedroom Spring Meadow.
I learnt paint can’t cover
cracks in the brickwork, they run
far too deep for even Mary’s
whipped cream to hide.
They won’t be gone in three
to five days, depending on
the lid’s recommended expiry date.
We’ve all been staring at walls lately.
I learnt it’s time to stop painting over
the cracks people point out. They’re
old walls won’t stay
- Mary Berry
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