Freedom in Constraint Poem #4

Freedom in Constraint is a sequence of formal poems focusing on the themes of isolation and social distancing and the wider issues and challenges to community and family arising out of the current Covid 19 pandemic.

“Staying Home” is the fourth poem in the sequence. This villanelle was written in the first month of lockdown and was published online at The film was made by my friend Peter McCluskey and he also reads the poem in this case, bringing his vocal skills to bear with remarkable effect I think.

Next week I hope to try another poetic form as we move through the sequence. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy. Stay safe!

Brian Kirk,


23rd July 2020


Freedom in Constraint is a sequence of formal poems responding to life during the Covid 19 crisis and is made with support from the Arts Council of Ireland / An Comhairle Éalíon’s Covid 19 Response Award.

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