By Noeleen Fasolilli
If lockdown has held me back,
I welcome every strap,
That loosened thought and tongue and sight,
And left me dreaming through the night,
Of worlds in peace and nature freed,
And families close without a need.
If lockdown has held us back,
We welcome every strap,
That now allows us home to be,
As part of family, sat on knee,
And buildings vacant soon to be,
New homes new birth, new future see?
If lockdown holds the world back,
Still welcome every strap,
That now gives time reflect, reset,
And slows the sphere on axis yet,
So, world can heal and mend its way,
And offer new and unique days.
So open arms and break free now,
Release the strap, show others how,
Embrace the change and find a way,
To see a future, bright new day.
I explained some of the background for my poetry in the original message to you. My friends whatsapp group, ‘Poets and Performers’ have encouraged me throughout the lockdown to open up creatively. Initially I felt my place was best suited to read and comment on friends’ work and encourage them more. One day I felt words flow and realised that they were mine. Since then I continue to listen to them and try to capture them the best way I can. I have just started a project with an amateur photographer friend who has put her photographs alongside my work to further the imagination of the reader.
Photo by Jane Andrews