Solitary Walk

Haiku 242

Social distancing

Gathering for some fresh air

While oceans apart



I took a stroll along Muizenberg beach, Cape Town. It was very windy, which was great as it blew the cobwebs away!

Yes, there are people in the ocean in the photo above. That’s about as close as I got to anyone; except when I treated myself to a latte from the little coffee shop.

I sat on the sea wall, wind in my face, as I sipped my hot coffee; just enjoying the sea view, and the illusion of freedom.

Then I slipped my face mask back on, returned to the safety and isolation of my car, and drove home.


Lockdown Rules for South Africa

Wear a face mask at all times
Keep two metres away from anyone
Sanitise your hands at every shop entrance

It was easy to maintain the legal two metres apart here at the beach, as most people were way off in the distance. Even so, we all wore our face masks; it is the law outside of your own home, even when driving alone in your car. You are allowed to remove your face mask temporarily to eat or drink, as long as social distancing from strangers is maintained.



40 thoughts on “Solitude

  1. ladysighs

    Laws are meant to be followed except by those people who just don’t think they have to. 😦
    We have guidelines which aren’t much use if they are not followed. 😦
    I get a little heated about people thinking their rights are being stepped on just wearing a mask. ;(
    Glad to see you can create a Haiku out of anything. πŸ™‚ It does look like a nice place to walk.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, the laws were made for a reason and you don’t wear the mask to protect yourself, but rather the 80 year old that you might infect – and possibly kill – if you’re asymptomatic!

      It’s a peaceful place and a very long beach, so a nice walk.
      And I think I write Haiku in my sleep, as you probably compose songs! πŸ˜€

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  2. long4h2o

    I also prefer beaches in the morning before the crowd arrives. Love the last line of your poem.

    So glad that you aren’t isolating from your online friends anymore. It’s about the only safe way to socialize.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much πŸ˜€
      Yes, I’ve haven’t seen friends in real life for months. Thank goodness for online contacts. πŸ™‚


  3. Murphy's Law

    You sure found the perfect spot to enjoy some fresh air, sunshine and the sea. And a good cup of coffee to boot! I’m afraid the guidelines for all of us are here to stay or at least will be in play for some time to come, but at least they’re easing up a bit. You’re very wise to adhere to them. Keep keeping safe. It’s a joy to see your photography again!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much. You’re very kind. πŸ˜€
      Yes, you’re right. All these precautions will stay around for a long time.
      SA is now entering its 3rd wave – so who knows, the beaches may close – again! That’s why I go when I can. πŸ™‚
      You too – Keep Safe. πŸ™‚

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  4. Garfield Hug

    Such a lovely beach, nary a soul in sight! Nice to have a place that’s not crowded. In lil red dot our safe distancing ambassadors have to remind people to stay away. Or close beaches.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      It is mostly quiet at this beach – except for certain holidays!
      But the beaches are closed when our numbers rise, so I just go when I can. πŸ™‚

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