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Poetry as comfort: Seamus Heaney and that wonderful poem Blackberry-Picking!

I have to admit, poetry wasn’t an art I was into until this pandemic hit. I remember studying it for my exams in secondary school but that was it. I just didn’t get it.

Well. Talk about what I was missing. Maybe its getting older, life experience, recent sadness in our world, heightened emotions: but It really has been a means of comfort to me throughout this past year. Have you found comfort through this art?

Learning all about the art, writing my own poetry and reading from many great poets; transports me right back to familiar, relatable places while bursting with imagery and power.

Seamus Heaney’s Blackberry-Picking

Oh what poet doesn’t like Seamus Heaney? When I first started writing and reading poetry over a year ago I started reading an anthology with a collection of his greatest poems ( I remember studying a few at school).

He was such a beautiful and talented poet; and could really hit the five senses in such a powerful way.


Blackberry-Picking:

Blackberry-Picking by Seamus Heaney

Being from the country in Ireland this poem just transports me back to that place of innocence during my childhood – where you would run through those fields picking those juicy blackberries from those bushes. Even his description down to the pea cans and jam pots. Children just loved to run wild with anything they could find, in order to collect those blackberries. Living near my grandparents farm and even his description of the bath in the byre (you country folk will know this well)

Finding comfort through poetry

This past year has been difficult for you and I. We’re living through something we could never have imagined. Connecting through poetry if its writing or reading some of the greats, has really opened my eyes and tapped into the emotions in such a powerful way when you let yourself ‘feel’ and get lost in those words.

Some of the greatest poems have been written through the hardest of times. Does this tell us that poetry isn’t dead, but is very much alive?

I’m so thankful I connected with poetry throughout this pandemic and as a therapeutic outlet. I know it will be part of my life now going forward.

What poem/poet do you like that takes you down memory lane in the country?

Thank you for reading my post and have a beautiful day, reading some wonderful poetry!

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Fully vaccinated, delighted and five things I’ve learned during Covid.

Hello there you!

So I had my second vaccination today and have to say I’m absolutely delighted and extremely grateful. The light at the end of the tunnel is approaching quicker and beaming through Covids cloud!

Have you had your vaccine and how do ‘you’ feel?

This past year (and the rest) really has been a rollercoaster to say the least hasn’t it? The ups, the downs, the tears, the reflections, growing as an individual, lots of soul searching and philosophical thinking.

Throughout Covid I’ve discovered alot about myself as an individual, as you do when you’re locked in and hit with a pandemic; pulling us completely into an environment of social isolation, uncertainty, growth, resilience and fear.

So what are the 5 things I’ve learned?

1. Never to take small things for granted again! I’ve become so grateful for nature, blooms in the garden and actually smelling those flowers (yes I do and I’m not ashamed to admit that)

2. To enjoy every moment with your family… Dance in that kitchen, act silly with your children, partner, spouse and laugh your heart out.

3. To be kind to everyone, including yourself. Kindness wins ALL the time.

4. No matter who you are, your background, your circumstances; we are all on this same ship, sailing in the exact same direction.

5. To be at peace with who you are. Scrap perfectionism and knowing that life is a constant journey of growth. Nobody is perfect. Fact.

The journey of life

And its lessons are endless

Go with every step of this journey

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Being fully vaccinated, living through a pandemic and the lessons learned have made me thankful for the smallest of things and also being more mindful. Life really is precious and this pandemic has opened our eyes well and truly up to that fact – and to slow the hell down!!

Thank you for taking the time to read my post.

What have you learned during these times?

Have a beautiful day and enjoy the simplest of things. Believe in yourself ❤🙏