Herewith, for reading on clear, starry Spring nights. Full of hope as we come out of lockdown -- two poems from AOS: A necklace of stars, Interspersed with dreams, punctuated with memories of beautiful themes. Moments to treasure, A joy to recall Filling my life with pleasure, A sense of peace overall. Gathering these fragments A delicate task, Storing them carefully Seems a lot to ask, But the happiness they bring As I turn to reflect, Give me Moments so beautiful Life seems quite perfect. AOS.
And next is a “simple thank you”, dedicated here to a son – but for everyone who helps us get through difficult times.
I need to thank you for being my son, I need to thank you for the things you have done, Taking time to talk when my spirit is low, means more to me than you will ever know. Thank you for the love you have given without measure, for this is a love only a mother can treasure. Thank you for all the help and care, Thank you for always being there. AOS
A Necklace of Stars, working with older people in Derbyshire, is supported by Arts Council England, Arts Derbyshire, DCC Public Health and Derbyshire County Council Home Library Service. This project is particularly aimed at countering isolation; during the pandemic we’ve been working using distance methods – post and phone conversations. Alongside writing and embroidery themed around childhood lullabies, we invite written responses to the pandemic, so that people can share their experiences as an antidote to lockdown loneliness.