We received word a little time ago that Viv – one of ‘we women’ who had happily joined up with such a modest plan to pass a sketchbook from one to the other around the world – had passed away.
It has taken time for me to feel ready to post this small remembrance, so for her lovely family – who relayed messages to her many followers – these passing months must have been a difficult and sad time.
We all are so saddened by this – yet what a joy that a person like Viv could be met (even if only briefly) and how wonderful that she could add to this feeling that we are all connected, linked around the planet in a world that is in so much need of connection and sensibility.
Reading some thoughts from those who will have known Viv much closer and longer than I were many words linked to ‘encouragement’. This too she gave me – a stranger – her generous encouragement. To have courage, to try and to not be afraid of the result.
I knew Viv a very, very little but her poetry was an immediate connection and I wanted to record this here in the belief that Viv is in a place of glorious summer and the birds are singing and bees buzzing just as they should be.
The sun rose ─
we rejoiced to see it ─
on the way out, albeit
late and slow.
It didn’t get much better
as the days went past.
Some days hope rose
with the sun.
As July approaches
will summer come at last?
Alys, who recently finished her contribution to the sketchbook, also included one of Viv’s poems in her quilted images representing the things we share – a perfect tribute.