Below is a collective poem created with Scott Farlow in response to conversations during workshops at Heald Farm Court and Foundry Whalf on 13th December 2021.
The Cosy Jumper is a project exploring human feelings of connections and togetherness, through knitting, poetry, sound, and movement. Lou Chapelle will hold a series of workshops that will lead to the creation of a video which will be presented in the public realm in January 2022. The Cosy Jumpers is a commission by Heart of Glass, working with Taurus Housing, residents from Foundry Wharf, and U3A, and inspired by a previous project: You make me feel good. Funded by Arts Council England, Creative People and Places program.
A COLLECTIVE POEM
Happiness is a child’s smile
Life is full of fun if you embrace it,
Death comes after life; a time of peace.
Sadness can be a lonely place
Pain of birth – life brings joy
Death comes to pain and loneliness
A memory, born in the now,
Alive in my mind, will never die.
I feel so lonely
My family make me proud
Love you so much it hurts
Love is all around
And all lives matter
Love you because you are you
Birth and arrival – life and death – love and friendship
You are my world
…..birth and death……death and birth…..
joy can be given with love
Life is for living
Death brings peace after living
You fulfilled my dreams
Note: The individual lines here were written by different participants during our conversations on 13th December about Cosy Jumper Hugs. They were subsequently, spontaneously, rapidly and randomly arranged to create this poem.