To Life Before the Lockdown
First published in WRITE ON Magazine, Lockdown Voices Issue. Betty is just 11 years old!
I miss you, Life Outside the Gate.
My gate isn’t very high, but now it feels like the top is touching the clouds.
Whenever I think about before everything happened, I always think about school. I’ve always loved school, just like I love you, Life before the Lockdown.
I wish that everything was back to normal, so I could go to Titirangi and walk with my mum.
I miss you too much. It makes my heart feel shrivelled like the rose petals that have fallen from the rose bush out in my backyard.
I know you are ‘Somewhere Out There’, so please come back.
I feel I am a lonely star, far from every other star.
Before everything happened, I felt as close to everyone as a piece of snow in a snow globe.
So, if you have read my letter properly and understand what I am trying to say, please come back.
I believe in you.