The Cornwall Faith Forum sends love, strength and prayers in these difficult times to everyone in Cornwall.
Rita Stephen, Cornwall Faith Forum’s Interfaith Development worker advises that this week’s poem is from Maggie who is a neighbour and friend of her mother-in-law Maureen in Truro.
She had posted the poem through the door for her. It is a very supportive poem. Maggie says that the poem comes from a friend in the Phillippines.
Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds sing.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet.
The sky is no longer thick with fumes but blue and grey and clear.
They say that in Italy people are singing to each other across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open so that those who are alone may hear the sounds of
family around them.
They say that in the West of Ireland, a young woman is spreading fliers with her number
Through the neighbourhood so that the elders may have someone to call on.
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way.
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality.
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
So we pray and we remember that.
Yes there is fear
but there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation
but there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is sickness
But there does not have to disease of the soul.
Yes there is death
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe, listen.
The birds are singing.
The sky is clearing and
We are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able to touch across the empty square,