Thursday, 2 April 2020

Poetry

I covered a plain brown notepad sometime ago with great plans of making a journal and recording my creations.  Making notes of patterns and adjustments.  This went by the wayside for one reason or another not sure why.  The journal was empty and unused.  Whilst looking for a notebook to make a record of the poetry I had been writing for the church website I came across it and had a light bulb moment.  The perfect place for some creative writing...


I have had fun sorting through drawers and arranging papers and toppers into categories.  Browsing the stacks of paper and the stunning array of colours.  It was like going through treasure, I had so much fun.  It certainly filled a couple of hours and was a joy to be working on something constructive.  It was a task that gave me purpose and a delight to put everyday issues to one side.  


I have left some space around the papercraft to write notes and record how we coped and were feeling throughout this pandemic.  The poem slots into an envelope.


I have been trying out different styles of both journalling and poetry.



I have also made a start at looking through some of the creative writing courses online.  It is my intention to enlist onto one of them.  Maybe, a taster course first to see how I get on.  There are so many free courses available at the moment so I feel it is the perfect opportunity.  You are never to old to learn.  My only problem is the intermittent internet connection.  One of the issues of living on a remote Island.  We have also been warned to expect blackouts due to power cuts and to keep torches and a blanket handy.



Sadly, 2 cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed on the Isle of Lewis so the pandemic has suddenly become a reality for us now.  Inevitable I suppose, although I had harboured a secret hope.  

There has been a reduction of the ferry service.  They are now operating an essential lifeline timetable as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  Freight is still coming across so there really shouldn't be too many shortages if everyone is sensible.

My dear Dad was taken into hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning struggling to breathe due to his COPD.  My heart is breaking as we are unable to be with him.   The fear of anything happening whilst he is in hospital on his own is tearing me apart.  All we can do is wait.

Hope all is well with you and that you are filling your days.

See you soon.



35 comments:

  1. I find keeping a journal really helps in getting my thoughts out as any time, but particularly at present. You must be so worried about your dad, sending hugs xx

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  2. Praying for you and for your dad. The Lord is with each one of us and there need be no separation from him. Sorry to learn that the virus has found your community. I , too, had hoped that you’d be protected from it there. God know. He cares. He’s on the case.

    I adore your project and your poetry. It is inspiring and lovely.

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  3. I am so sorry to hear that your dad is poorly, MM, and I was so hoping that your little island would be safe. I hope he feels better very soon. He is in the best place for care. God bless x

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  4. God knows! Sometimes my fingers refuse to get word endings.

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  5. A delightful way, to bring a couple of hours of Joy, into your life.

    Best wishes for your Dad. Yes, this is a very, very hard part, of this horrible virus. Separation of loved ones, at this time.

    Many, many, many gentle hugs to you, Dear One...

    💛

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  6. I so hoped that the virus would not reach you on your island.

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  7. It's a terrible situation especially for you with your Dad in hospital ! I shouldn't complain, because my family is safe at home. Slowly I have gotten used to this prisoner life, better to cope with it. But still sometimes I find it hard not to be able to go out to see an exposition or cinema ! This virus really goes everywhere even to your little Island !

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  8. Your journal is lovely - you are so creative. I've done one online course already through Futurelearn and I plan on checking out Coursera for something new,
    Very sorry about your dad - this not being able to visit family is probably the hardest part of this whole situation, I will pray for a good recovery. Please look after yourselves.

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  9. My heart aches for you sweet lady. XXXXX

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  10. Good Morning sweet Lorraine. Your journal is absolutely inspiring. i enjoyed reading the poems that I could see and would love it if you would continue sharing with us.
    I'm so sorry that this virus has found it's way to your isolated corner of the world. It truly is insidious and doesn't miss anywhere does it?
    I'm also very sorry to hear your Dad is in hospital. I pray he will ot have to stay there long and they will get his situation under control quickly. I think they are trying to get most people out of the hospital and back home to avoid infections. May that be the case for him. I will be praying for him and for you all. Can your Mom visit? Here, no one is allowed to visit anyone in the hospital except for new births. Then, only the Father is allowed in.
    What strange times we find ourselves living in.
    Love and Blessings my friend,
    Betsy

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  11. I've been thinking about journaling about this experience as well, your journal is so nice. You are very creative. I'm so sorry about your dad, I will keep him in my prayers.

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  12. Your journal is a good way to stay focused on what you believe. Sorry to hear about your dad and especially that you can not be with him, Stay strong mama. Jo xx

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  13. Hello! So happy to connect with you again. I love your journal...the TRUST page hit me this morning. So sorry for your dad. I will pray for him. I need a notebook of my own just for all I am praying for right now. Hugs....

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  14. I am so sorry to hear about your dad and his COPD problems - with my asthma I know how awful it is when you can't breath easily. I heard a woman from Lewis on Woman's Hour this morning, talking about Coronavirus, and I thought of you.

    What a beautiful journal and poetry and I hope that writing in it will help you through these difficult times. My thoughts are with you.

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  15. My heart aches to think of all the worry so many people are facing just now. I do hope you dad is fit and well and back at home where he belongs. PLease stay safe. x

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  16. I'm so impressed with your journal and writings. Bravo! I'm sorry to hear CV19 has made it to your island. It's such a scary thing. Do stay home and take care of your and your G. I hope your dad bounces back. Stressful times. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  17. Your journal is lovely with your musings. Journaling is a wonderful way to express our feelings. I will keep you and your dad in my prayers. Stay safe during these difficult times.

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  18. Beautiful poetry, and a lovely way of keeping your poems together. I definitely think you should take one of those creative writing courses.

    I will keep your family and your Dad in my prayers.

    God bless.

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  19. I'm very sorry to hear about your father's health. It is so hard when we can't be with our loved ones when they are ill. I pray that he will soon improve and be able to return home.
    Your poetry book is a great place for collecting words and thoughts. I would like to spend more time writing some day, too. I'm keeping a journal about this current situation as I think it will be interesting to read in future years.

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  20. A poetry journal is a great idea! And you had an unused journal just waiting to be put to good use.
    Sorry to hear that this coronavirus has now spread to your island. Stay safe and well.

    Prayers for your father's health.

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  21. Oh Lorraine! Difficult days. Wishing your father the best of care and a positive outcome. It is so hard to be a long-distance carer.
    How are you and your husband faring? I have been away and will need to catch up on your news.
    Never underestimate the power of journalling!
    I keep a journal (which I will share on my blog one day) and it's a great source of comfort, inspiration and perspective.
    I love the creative ways you have decorated yours and especially like your last poem here about faith and being stronger together. Faith is a most powerful force. May yours never falter. xx

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  22. I'm sorry to hear about your Dad, it's such a difficult time. You are keeping busy with your journaling which is a great idea to record how you feel about the situation we all find ourselves in.

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  23. I am sorry to hear about your father but I am sure he gets the best care possible. He is in my thoughts.

    I have just ripped out the ten or so pages from my journal... two years after my last entry I decided it wasn't working for me and the journal will be repurposed as a work notepad... I hope your own journal continues to give you pleasure and comfort.

    Intermittent internet is a problem here, too. It must be the sheer volume of traffic that is causing an issue. Fingers crossed you won't need your torches with the days lengthening and power companies maybe adjusting to new demands. Take care x

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  24. I'm sorry to hear that your Dad was taken to hospital. I can understand your concern and pray that there will soon be an improvement with his breathing difficulties.
    My husband has to manage his asthma with medication too and he's also vulnerable to chest infections. I hope that power cuts do not happen for you on your island to add to the difficulties. Journaling is a good idea and you are creative with the way you are organising the contents of yours so that you include your inspiring poetry that can be enjoyed later by your church fellowship. I keep a journal. Every week day seems the same at this time of staying indoors so my journal helps a lot to keep track and remind me of what I did and when. (I try to keep Sunday special and different). Thank you for your blog friendship. Speak again soon.

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  25. Prayers for your dad. I love your poem!

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  26. sending prayers to your dad and to you! lovely poem and I've been writing quotes in a day planner since January 1st. I now NEED them more than ever :)

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  27. I do like your journal, such a good idea.

    So sorry to read about your dad, made harder because you cannot be with him. Saying a prayer for him and you.

    My good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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  28. So sorry that your dad is in hospital. Pray he will be well soon and can be discharged.Peace be with you and your family.

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  29. I have the same disease as your father. Hope he will be better soon ! So far it's OK with me, despite my vintage age of 77. It's sad that somebody brought this vicious virus to your beautiful island ! We started far earlier with the confinement and very strict, now we have another 2 weeks to go maybe shorter until they let us free again. But we are on the good way now, the statistics say that the number of infected and deaths are decreasing ! Hopefully yes ! Do you have rubber gloves wear them when you go out. The virus can be everywhere !

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  30. So creative, love it! Stay safe and healthy everyone, such a scary time!

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  31. I'm so sorry about your dad, you are all in my thoughts.
    It is good that you are keeping busy, stay safe!
    Amalia
    xo

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  32. So sorry to read about your dad and can well imagine your sadness. It's the same for so many people now. Your journal is lovely and it is good to keep your mind away from the scary thoughts, which will still be here for awhile. Do stay safe and well, blogger friend.

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  33. Your journal book is nice. I occasionally journal. I enjoy your poetry. Keep it up! Many people have been tested positive for covid-19 but many more have recovered than died. Only 2 in a veterans' home died from it but 13 others there overcame it! Awesome! A friend of mine is making me a mask to wear when I am out, if need be. Yes and No to wearing a mask. Only wore one Monday whilst out shopping for groceries after dental visit. I pray your dad will get well soon. Hope to see our grandchildren soon. Usually get together on Easter. Not this year! Take care and hope you and Gerard stay well and safe! X-------X

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  34. oh that's a lovely journal. So sorry to hear about your dad, I hope is recovering. x

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  35. Beautiful messages! May the Lord be with you! Blessings!

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