A quick break from current events can always be found in the timeless poetry of Catullus:
'Cenabis bene, mi Fabulle, apud me paucis, si tibi di favent, diebus - si tecum attuleris bonam atque magnam cenam, non sine candida puella et vino et sale et omnibus cachinnis haec si, inquam, attuleris, venuste noster cenabis bene; nam tui Catulli plenus sacculus est aranearum. Sed contra accipies meros amores, seu quid suavius elegantiusve est: nam unguentum dabo, quod meae puellae donarunt Veneres Cupidinesque; quod tu cum olfacies, deos rogabis, totum ut te faciant, Fabulle, nasum'
Here is my quick translation, I do not try to maintain the meter:
You will eat, my Fabullus, with me if the gods are favorable, in a a few days - if you bring with you a good and large meal, (and) not without a bright girl and wine and salt and all the laughs if, I say, you bring these things, our charming brother you will eat well; for regarding your Catullus his wallet is full of spiderwebs. But in return you will receive undiluted affection, or something sweeter and more elegant: for I will give a perfume, which to my girlfriend the Venuses and Cupids gave; when you smell this, you will ask the gods, to make you, Fabullus, all nose.
This is one of Catullus’s more playful clean poems. Normally his humor is caught up in vulgarity and sensuality. Or at the very least, desire. But this is a nice story about how he wants to eat with his friend but his friend needs to provide all the laughs, food, wine, salt, girls, etc. What is Catullus providing? Why, such a wonderful perfume! Even that Perfume is actually his girlfriends!