Shoreline, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia on 20th October 2020 – by Michelle Macklem

“We’re emerging from our little lockdown bubbles here in Melbourne, and I was keen to stretch out past the 5km radius I’d been confined to since July. It was good to hear and see the ocean – unfazed with our struggles, just waves breaking and receding – even though it seems like everything else has shifted so dramatically around us. It reminded me of this Mary Oliver poem – ‘I go down to the shore in the morning and depending on the hour the waves are rolling in or moving out, and I say, oh, I am miserable, what shall — what should I do? And the sea says in its lovely voice: Excuse me, I have work to do.'”