It’s such a privilege to be part of this wonderful project. There are lots of interesting writings by a wide variety of people on The Silence 2020 site. The photographs were taken in Cork city on the night we went into lockdown in Ireland.
The Silence Of The Land…..
Gone is the sound of playful laughter. I no longer hear the fusion of shrieks, rebukes and howls rising above the noise of squeaking swings.
The playground my grandchildren make a beeline for on every visit is now off limits, with a warning sign on the gate. Empty streets, vacant parks, lonely benches. So much is missing from my daily walk, intensifying the recent loss of a much loved canine friend. He was the reason for this ritual in the first place. I am usually a lover of solitude but not this COVID19 version of it.
Coming to the end of my strictly less-than-two-kilometre walk, I turn to glance one more time at the childless playground. Even the nearby river is silent, its stillness reflecting the emptiness around me as I search for reassurance that not everything has changed.
A car passes by…
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