I really enjoy JP Burke's poetry and must check out his detective novels too sometime.
I started Lockdown Voices with a poem by JP as one of the first few voices I included.
He has added many interesting insights into Irish life on Lockdown and always with a nice whimsical look at the new world we are experiencing where a neighbour in a mask is a stranger at first glance.
MYSTERY WOMAN by JP Burke
I met a woman the other day - she said, 'How's it going, JP?'
I said 'Aw Jeez, how are you?' - to myself I said 'Who's she?'
She wore a mask, a hat and scarf - as if in full disguise
All I could see in the narrow gap - were two eyebrows and two eyes
We chatted for a few minutes - just general idle chit-chat
And when she had left, I asked myself - 'Who the hell was that?'
In this strange world we have today - where most people wear a mask
Figuring out who people are - can be a tricky task
Perhaps we should all wear name tags - just like the medics do
At least then when we meet someone - we would know just who is who
For when you're talking to just two eyes - you're trying to guess a face
And mentally scrolling though all the people you know - in this human race
And of course it is a lot worse - if they address you by name
The fact that you don't know them - it fills you full of shame
So for the moment if you meet someone - and struggle to know them like I do
What will get you out of trouble is - 'Aw Jeez, how are you?'
JP Burke's books online: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/stoneyburke