Several months ago, when the young writers composed the pieces featured in this issue, they could scarcely imagine that their work would be published in a time of global pandemic. COVID-19 has disrupted the structure and routine of our daily lives. Today, we’re concerned about what is to come. But, as in all times of turmoil, words remain a vital source of comfort, solidarity, and hope.
As these pieces by young writers around the world remind us, some things are now more important than ever. Music and dance connect and move us; we marvel at the moon and the trees and the ocean; adolescents can be forgetful; family remains a source of love and loss; childhood is a time of vibrant wonder.
I invite you to read these poems, stories, reflections, and picture books - and take hope. And, most of all, I invite you to look forward to the moment of clarity and connectedness that Enling Liao (Australia) describes in her poem “Canberra Ocean”:
And we are all there -
Congregated, solemn, dancing, ones by ones and eights by eights, on this
- David Weinstein, Founder, Write the World LLC