Poetry: Our Children by Tamara von Werthern

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Our children


Our children will remember this year

All over the world

As the year when hugs were dangerous

And they longed to go back to school


They might remember it as the year

When skies were empty and blue

When the air suddenly smelled sweet again

Even though it was rationed and rare


Our children might think of it as innocence

When we thought pandemics were rare

Or they might think of it as the turning point

After which we made things more fair


Tamara von Werthern is an award-winning playwright based in Hackney.

You can read more about the success of her dystopian short film, I Don’t Want To Set The World On Firehere.

Her play The White Bike, and climate change book Letters to the Earth, featuring her contribution, are available at Pages of Hackney bookshop on Lower Clapton Road, which is currently closed but still selling book tokens.