• Naseem Syed

'Lost and Found’ A Poem by Susan Lewis

Retired educator enjoying community activities …. Community House, Maindee, W.I. in Ponthir, book clubs and cofee dates. Occasional amateur poet.

Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?

Fatter, lazier, more content with a quieter life.

Why? More baking, breakfast in bed, time to read.

Pensive, more even tempered, closer to my husband.

Why? Quiet quiet times give one time to reflect.

Consciously grateful for much in life, frustrated by not seeing people.

Why? I am thankful that everyine has become a key worker in keeping the world turning, but especially NHS workers. I am grateful we had a wonderful summer and I have a garden which allowed responsible distancing.

I am enjoying zooming but I am a hugger.

What made you smile or brought you joy in lockdown? Can you explain it..

First visit from my young grandchildren, Alby got stuck on the monkey bars and I got him down. He proceeded to look puzzled then brushed his arms and chest and said "I don't think this virus is real. You just hugged me and I haven't got it".

Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why?

See above plus learned new skills and ways to serve without being constantly out of the house.

What is the story behind your hand art? (Could be what you used, the colours, symbols, place, person, memories, inspired by etc.)

My friends in Coffee n Laughs are good stitchers; I am better with words. Your lost connections theme made me think of how we now have to find new ways of connecting … so Lost and Found and then we shouldn't be worrying about material losses as much as emotional ones.

Anything else you would like to share?

Only to say I love you Naz, and the whole creative community that is working hard with little remuneration to keep our lives stimulated and enriched. God love you all.

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