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Collected poems – from Halima Malek

Halima is a Gloucester-based poet and long-time friend of Strike A Light. During lockdown, she worked with her local community, encouraging people to write and record their experiences. This is what she collected.

Halima is a Gloucester-based poet and long-time friend of Strike A Light. During lockdown, she worked with her local community, encouraging people to write and record their experiences. This is what she collected.


In The Corners Of Minds

Rizpah Amadasun

Restless with no sense of time, for what once was. 
In denial that we might never get it back again. 
What if the future is better then what is desired to be repeated. 
Wonder on what can be done in the present. 
Than cast gloom on all we knew. 
There are simple ways to laugh. 
Kinder ways to journey through memories. 
Now is important to find a joyful way to live too.


Lockdown

Abdul Huq (age 10)

Everything had closed down like: schools, shops, markets, swimming pools, everything and it’s because of a virus called coronavirus. This virus is new and it’s taking over the world and it’s ruining everyone’s life and a lot of people are dying from it. So the government had decided to force people to stay at home from this, because they are worried about us and because of the virus, you have to keep the social distancing from others because they might have the virus and you don’t know about it. When you cough you must put your hand and cough as well when you sneeze. This is really important for your safety so you know that the whole of the world are collaborating to find treatment for this pandemic so we start the normal life like before so we have to remember the good times. We have missed going to a party or going to the park with your friends and swimming with your family so much. So you should forget about the bad Pandemic that is making us feel sad and scared, but don’t worry one day everything will change and everything will be like before and your dreams will come true.


Our Guest

Sajida Kathrada

You came uninvited, and you decided to stay
No red carpet or banquet was prepared for your way.
Although no transport by sea, road or air
You still managed to enter planes no one would dare.
No restrictions, no rules, you were free to roam the world.
From China you set forth, no baggage or passport, no visa required
You came alone.

Travelling from one country to next, you enjoyed and rested well
No immigration laws of Brexit could stop you on your way
Nor the walls or barriers of Trump’s USA
No missiles of Putin’s Soviet could deter your track.

No race, religion or colour do you have,
Yet you still enjoy the freedom of your travel.
You prey on your host, making them weak.
You do not choose rich or poor.
Your aim is to control and leave the world in despair.
Your presence caused “a lockdown” –
A word we never knew…
Families distanced, prisoners in our own homes,
A life so unreal in this modern world.

Yet you made us reflect, made us think.
The value of ‘life’ –
Kindness, care, helpfulness, appreciation were
No longer just words but the actions we took.

However a small request now:
It’s time for you to depart
Please, “guest”, leave us now
So we may love, laugh and huge once again.


Words by Lina

With this situation, I feel calm most of the time and optimistic that the end of this situation is close to the end, and that I take advantage of being with my children for a long time, but this feeling does not last long.The study of children is what worries me most, and my husband work as well, and I wish everyone the best.


Poem

Halima Malek

What has happened to the world?
Why is it crying out in pain?
What have we done so wrong?
Who has caused this pain?

I feel a numbness, around me
I smell fear in the air
The deserted streets
No sound of laughter
But children crying in fear

What has happened to the world?
Why is it crying out in pain?
What have we done so wrong?
Who has caused this pain?

The flowers all still blooming
The birds still sing their songs
The bees buzz all around me
The butterflies spread their warmth.

What has happened to the world?
Why is it crying out in pain?
What have we done so wrong?
Tell me who caused this pain?

Humans now all dress in masks
Walking away, without a hello
No good mornings
Or ill see you soon
No come round for tea
Or a pop in and how are you?

What has happened to the world?
Why is it crying out in pain?
What have humans done so wrong?
Who really caused this pain?

Blossom has now been and gone
Just like the daffodils of spring
Tulips now colour the ground
And lavendar has spread her wings.

What has happened to the World?
Nature is pushing us far away
Humans are not wanted anymore
Mother nature is screaming out in pain

Nature is still around me
The sun still shines the same
The grass is green
The sky still a vivid blue
The stars are still twinkling and talking to the moon
Everything looks familiar in my garden
But the world outside my front door has changed

But nothing is the same
My heart isn’t the same
I dont feel safe
I dont feel safe
I fear people around me
I yearn for a hug
A touch
A warming embrace

I wish that this was but a dream
I’ll soon wake up to life as I’d known it before this began
Where I walked, and said hello to my neighours
And could Hug and kiss my Nan