. At Brighton Beach the seagulls fly, they soar and circle in the sky; they swoop and steal the punters’ chips amidst the backdrop’s sailing ships and underneath the sun’s sharp eye. The lockdown days have now passed by; face-down upon my towel I’ll lie, my limbs burned red as bacon strips, __at Brighton Beach. A year ago the end was nigh; today I hear the joyous cry of freedom in the wind that whips about me as my sun-parched lips give silent thanks to God on high, __at Brighton Beach. . First published in the Daily Mail newspaper, July 24, 2021 . . Paul A. Freeman is the author of Rumours of Ophir, a crime novel which was taught in Zimbabwean high schools and has been translated into German. In addition to having two novels, a children’s book and an 18,000-word narrative poem (Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers!) commercially published, Paul is the author of hundreds of published short stories, poems and articles.