These Lock Down times due to the Covid19 pandemic unrivaled any other times we have experienced so far in recent history.
The effects it has had on our emotional and mental health,
stands unmatched under many circumstances since there’s nothing concrete to put your fingers into. The fear and the irreality of the situation have sunken many into the void of restlessness and despair like no other.
The child in this situation is the Metaphor since Children’s voices or the missed part of their childhood has just been grazed under.
It’s them who have been most explicitly exposed to the trepidation of the contamination like no other.
Some children especially very young children have visibly evoked the body’s natural response to somatic fears as their young minds deflect and contours everything they experience and feel.
It is this that we have to be watchful about, be concerned about and accept that it is only normal for them to react in the way they are reacting at the moment.
Children have adapted to this ‘New’ in ways unimaginable and some have under their own circumstances come out with art to express and feel.
Whilst it’s difficult to put every feeling into an expressed form, this way of poetry and art have given a few the cathartic relief in some way.
Sharing the works of those kids who have been in touch with their feelings of expression during these times.
Dr Varsha Dutta Pujari
We are starting this series with Sharanya Shankar, age 15
ART: AN ESCAPE
Covid19 Pandemic: The Children During The Pandemic
Deep into the night,
The white blossoms bloom.
Sweet fragrance fills the air,
Petals illuminated by the moon.
The buildings stand tall,
Sparsely artificially illuminated.
Stolen light from the sun
Leaves the longing for light sated.
The incense wafts through the sky,
Bringing with it a sense of ecstasy.
Silence comforts minds full of dreams
As the rustling of the leaves cease.
As they convert thoughts
From abstract to physical forms,
Daring minds strive to imagine
Letting new ideas be born.
Under the scattered stars,
The land seems to sleep,
But the jasmines remain awake.
Into sleeping minds, their fragrance seeps.
DON’T PLAY PUPPET
She wakes up
And finds herself
In a mess
She notices the strings
Around her ankles,
And her palms,
And she looks up
Who the puppeteer is
As they please
They’re holding the strings
That force her over the precipice
Then she realizes
That they don’t want
To play puppet
It’s just her
Tying herself to them
The strings loose
With nothing to lose
She was in distress
Herself while feeding
Her mind lies
But society moves
And so do the strings
And she dances, not helplessly
While she thinks
A decision is made
And the fire lights
Burning the strings
Is her way to fight
And as they burn
She looks upset
And mutters to herself
‘Don’t play puppet’
The birds are chirping
They start even before the sun dares to illuminate the sky
It’s so loud
This is what silence feels like
Devoid of artificial sounds
It’s so quiet
When all the birds talk to each other
To their families
Without any fear
It’s so loud
But not the kind of loudness that makes you uneasy
It’s the kind that you welcome and embrace
It’s the kind that you wish lasts
But the sun goes down
And the birds go to sleep
And you wonder what assortment of artificial sounds will torment you
When the humans come out again
From regular schooling to online schooling,
From social interaction to social distancing,
We’ve made many changes in our lifestyles in these past six months.
Instead of talking freely, we’ve begun to view others with suspicion. We exercise caution and have fear instilled in our minds. We see COVID warriors fighting the battle and we witness unfortunate losses as well.
We stay at home and look longingly at nature flourishing outside our windows. We remember a time where we took freedom for granted.
But we still keep going.
Amidst this chaos we still move forward, cooperating and watching as hope lingers over the horizon of our future.
Sharanya (beautiful name) has written very good poems.
It’s good, very creative. A good outlet for children to express in this controlled environment.
Will share in other groups
– Hemant Jagtap
A very good initiative, children will know where their strength is. And will become creative in Covid situations, and that will keep them away from depression.
– Dr. Unnati Lohade