Solidarity in the time of Covid-19

Dear Friends,

I do hope you are all keeping well. 
This time is so odd. I know we are all saying that daily, but truly it is hard to understand the impact of what is happening in the world on a micro and macro level.

I have meant to send something to you for some good while but I just struggled to figure out what I could say that might be insightful and useful.
I am here in Oxford on my own. But I am so lucky, I have my house which I love, and my garden (scruffy but nice and full of the beautiful changes of Spring).
Still it is a challenge. Like so many others I worry – about my grown up children, my one precious grandchild, my sisters, my friends, the economy, the NHS, and the poor of the world – who surely will be hardest hit by this pandemic. (See what I mean? Micro to Macro.)
I have friends who have taken this opportunity to do long postponed chores in their house or garden. They are full of drive and motivation. I on the other hand float around eating too much, re-reading some favourite books, and garnering a sense of achievement simply by walking in the garden for an hour. Oh and of course occasionally shouting at my radio.
Being on my own I am in my head most of the time. I am working on a new collection, but it, like the times, is a little odd – I hope some of you will like it.
I would love to know how you are each managing your life and time.
I know I would find your stories an inspiration as you have always been for me.
Please take good care of yourselves.
I leave you with a wonderful poem that was sent to me by a friend:
This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.
Try as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.
If you remain generous
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on the fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blush with beginning
John O’Donohue.
Poet & Philosopher
Best wishes, as always,

Reema and everyone at Kuka-me. x
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