So much to look forward to A vacation A cruise A big birthday Plans are made. It’s January 2020 It’s a new dawn A new decade I’m feeling inspired. It’s only weeks later And we’ve opened a door A door to loneliness Addicted to the news. I look through my window Day after day With a sense of separation A sense of void. Fearful of the stranger The stranger with a mask But wait I have one too. Our days are long and boring. Nowhere to go No-one to talk to No human contact Sadness and loneliness overtake me. As I look through my window The window that no one passes I lay down my head and pray Pray that this horrible dream Will end soon. I open my eyes again And see the sunrise At a small corner of the window The sun rises There is hope. --Rosie Riviera-Lopez
Rosie Riviera-Lopez is an artist and educator who lives in Port Hope. She and her husband moved to Northumberland County from nearby Durham region in 2020. They have spent a lot of time discovering Northumberland’s many attributes.