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A beautiful Tui poem to covid

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Recent times are bringing us closer than ever, although we’ve never been so physically restricted and isolated.

Whenever I leave the house for a walk, I rush home because I am so inspired. There is so much to write about!

I want people to know in this time. It’s okay if you don’t feel creative.  It’s okay if you feel more creative than ever.

It’s okay if you are still adjusting, or if you’re finally in a routine and feel like you could accomplish anything.

You don’t have to use this time to build a website or write a book.

It’s okay.

There’s a lot of pressure right now. A lot of unknowns, but ultimately, it will pass.

It won’t ever be how it was again, but maybe that’s good, too.

Tui

sing on the powerlines we built

years before all this

 

Before covid

was the word

 we utter daily, hush

 

There’s more birds

now, or maybe less distraction

 

The world feels

fuller

and the only

sound that seeps

through my window pane

 is their song

 

It’s so quiet

 

But I ran the streets

and there’s more

people

than ever

 

Biking, walking, rollerblading, playing with previously untouched soccer balls

 

Our lives feel

so full

 

No one can get in

or out

We’re forced to just be

 right here

with what and who we have

 

We’re a community

now

 

I leave 2 metres

between us

but these smiles bring us closer

than ever

 

Spot teddy bears

in windows

waiting for restless children

to search

and smile

 

Waiting for hopeless adults

to wonder

 

And in all this unknown

we get so much closer

to what really matters

 

It makes the world

feel fuller

 

and all we’re asked

to do is

show kindness

 

Create, nourish, connect, be alone

and that’s how

we save the world

 

It’s how we save lives

 

So I’ll rest in the fact

that maybe this beauty

only lasting one month

isn’t long enough

 

Written and Photographed by Jennifer Lewis ©

 

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