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MARY WALLACE

    

20/20 VISION

Looking back at things I did during lockdown.  I wrote a poem.

                    

    A Sense of Isolation


     I work alone

     longing for uninterrupted space

     delving deep into my creativity.



     Hours, days can go by in this way.



     This is different

     as silence echoes

     around me

     around you

     around everyone.



     My studio is my oasis,

     a place I go to

     to get lost in

     in my imagination

     colours flow and swirl.



     The world

     outside

     is far

     far

     away.



     Then reality hits.



     A friend died.

     We could not

     grieve together

     laugh together

     cry together

     share memories

     stories

     with family and friends.



     This is different

     as silence echoes

     around me

     around you

     around everyone.



     My little Tio is gone too.

     Ten years by my side

     his love and affection

     gone but not gone

     memories sustain me

     the quiet inside me grows

     to a warm silence

     in my heart

     where he is now forever.



     The world

     outside

     is far

     far

     away.



     There is a cherry tree

     hanging over him

     teaming with buds,

     an arbor

     to shelter him

     dapple him

     nestle him

     with flowers.



     Delicate ephemeral blossoms

     petals dropping falling

     remind me of

     fragility

     resilience

     beauty

     the preciousness of life.



     The world

     outside

     now closer

     recovery

     begins.

                        


     Though scarred

     imperfect

     we are cherished

     we are treasured

     our intrinsic beauty

     remains.



     Yes

     we are broken

     pick up the pieces

     resilience

     human nature

     gives me

     hope.



     Things will be different.

     The silent echoes remain

     around me

     around you

     around everyone,

     a reminder.



     As I say

     the resilience of human

     nature gives me hope.


Mary Wallace

4 April 2020