This is the first creative piece I’ve made for my Time to Write commission from Paper Nations which I wrote about in a previous post. Paper Nations have asked for creative responses to ‘isolation’.
I’ve used text from The Guardian newspaper and found natural materials from my garden.
I hope the text of the poem is clear in the image. I’ve included it below:
I have forgotten your fingertips
I’m stranded online
when day arrives
I am missing your skin
In the lockdown, making collages has suited my frame of mind – which has been in a distracted state for much of the time, as for many people – and I’ve found the process of assembling these word and image pieces absorbing and satisfying. I hope readers will find something to relate to in ‘I have forgotten your fingertips’. In writing it, I’ve been influenced by overheard and seen online comments from people living alone; also my two young adult children who’ve had to leave their independent student lives and return home because of the pandemic.
Thank you to Paper Nations for their support and thank you for reading.