Jo Kadlecek serves as the creative director of Anglican Deaconess Ministries in Sydney, Australia, a Christian women’s organization caring for those in need since 1891. She is also a freelance writer, author, playwright, and co-founder in 2018 of the Sydney-based Joining the Dots Theatre Company. Jo is an honorary Aussie, having grown up in Colorado and moved six years ago from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, to be near her husband’s family in Queensland, Australia.
Living a few blocks from one of the most iconic bridges in the world, I often stroll to the harbor’s edge, spot the Sydney Opera House, and watch ferries come and go into the Circular Quay. Add the backdrop of the crisp, blue Australian sky as sun glistens across the water, and a poem should practically write itself each day.
But when the pandemic hit and we were told to self-isolate, going out only for essentials, the last thing I felt was inspired.