By Ali Hurley
I wish I had known that it would be the last time I’d see you for a while,
I wish I had known, I’d have hugged you and told you I love you for miles,
I wish I had known when playing on the swings,
I wish I had known and appreciated the little things,
I wish I had known that for some time, that playing would be our last,
I wish I had known our meet ups may be a thing of the past,
I wish I had known when I was at the beach
I wish I had known it would be so close, yet out of reach
I wish I had known and I’d have paddled my toes
I wish I’d have known I’d have enjoyed the sea until I froze
I wish I had known when I walked on the moor
I wish I’d have known I’d have taken more notice of the scenery I adore
But I didn’t….
I wish that we soon will be able to cuddle,
I wish that one day we will come out of our bubble
I wish that we play and run and smile and laugh
I wish all of this with all of my heart
But more, much more….
I wish for the thousands of those that have died
I wish that there is justice and consequences for all of the lies
I wish that lessons have been learnt for our tomorrows
I wish that no one else needs to face this depth of sorrow
I wish for the families that have lost that they can grieve
I wish that we will be better, in this I have to believe.
Written in March or April 2020 when I began to realise this was going to take time to be able to do things I took for granted before.