Some days are harder than others during a pandemic. Thats ok… You’ve got this, and beauty is around you!

Some days you think “I’ve got the hang of this new lockdown way of life”, then others you think its difficult. Missing your family, friends, a fun day out, and even a trip to the hairdressers (goodness, my roots are very ashen looking these days!) All the things you take for granted. Going out for a good blast of fresh air to blow off those cobwebs – really helps your soul. I love going for a walk, soaking up the outdoors and snapping a few beautiful nature pics along the way.



Here in England, all non essential shops are re-opening soon and outdoor dining – so it will make it that bit easier and hopefully avoid another spike in cases – lets remain focussed & optimistic

Breathe in that fresh air, notice all that beauty that surrounds you and go with each day as it comes. This is new to you and I, but we’re riding this storm together, learning and growing each day and have been for over a year now. Days filled with hope are here, now a vaccine is well and truly rolling out.


©️ Bernie Egerton connectwithpoetry.com

Sitting in the garden with a hot cuppa, a stroll in the park while the sun is shining and watching your family playing together: the simple little precious mindful moments that make a challenging time seem so much brighter. Focussing on whatever those ‘special’ things are, that make all the difference in ‘your’ life.

Be kind to yourself and be gentle to yourself. There is so much love and hope surrounding you during a time, when some days it really does feel like that light is harder to grasp. Some days are challenging, and thats ok. Focus on what gives ‘you’ joy.


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Heres to the light at the end of that long pandemic tunnel getting closer each day.

Stay safe, keep smiling and keep writing!

What gets ‘you’ through these times of uncertainty? ❤


Two Covid related poems – rhyme & free verse…

I do enjoy learning about poetry – all about different styles, metaphors, alliteration and playing about with words – when you get the time to do so, that is! The following poems are rhyming couplets (first poem) and free verse (second poem).

I wrote these poems last year when ‘R numbers’ were part of daily stats and a term frequently used (still is as you know), and christmas bubbles/household mixing was discussed as the cases were creeping up, after yet another lockdown was being lifted prior to christmas.


Covids Strain

Tensions are building as Covid prevails
Wind slowly taken from all of our sails.
Restrictions in place life changed as is Seen,
In a world taken over by Covid-19.

Our leaders control, believing whats right
In a battle where Covid keeps winning the Fight.
The virus is here, of that we sure know
Families apart – we wait for that glow.

Infections keep growing, R rate on the rise
Tougher restrictions from medium to Highs.
Economy bleeds, lockdown now a fact,
Care staff overwhelmed to save many Lives.

Family and friends stay safe for each other
We wait for that time to see one another,
Be kind and stay safe as we cope with this Rain
In a world where ‘hope’ will ease Covids Strain.


Christmas Bubbles

A Covid Christmas beckons,
household Christmas Bubbles arranged.
I think, how daunting, outlandish
this situation is –

mixed messages thrown around,
pass the parcel as
Government dictates our festive period,
a solution mix of three bubbles.

A joyous festive time tarnished by
a silent venomous predator –
sweeping through global darkness,
yet sparks of light and hope arise
as a vaccine is born.

Mankind, they battle a respiratory war,
frontline staff gasping for air,
putting up a fight –
calamitous to humanity.

Christmas Bubbles, will this cause further
cloud filled lockdowns, overwhelming
phenomenal, depleted health staff?
Inevitable.

Covid-19 prevails.
Christmas Bubbles like never before,
Twenty twenty –
I’ll be glad to close your opaque door.
I’ll be glad for the vaccine to soar.


Stay safe, keep writing and keep smiling! Hope is there and the light is waiting. Normality will return. You’ve got this ❤


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Clearing that morning fog, a healthy brekkie & spring!

During a time when lockdown feels like its never ending, you tend to forget the importance of nourishing the body and mind… Do you forget to drink some water? do you forget to eat a healthy breakfast and pack up on those fruit and veggies? I certainly do.

I’ve been a bit too fond of those chocolate treats during lockdown (I really have a sweet tooth) skipping breakfast and running on empty. Its challenging when you have nothing to look forward to during a global pandemic and all you want to do is turn to those snacks and chomp away!

Being a parent and running after two busy toddlers, I’ve recently started focussing on eating a good healthy breakfast to start the day with, and drinking plenty of water (I mix a pint glass with cold and a bit of boiling water as I find it easier to drink).

I feel so much better adding the healthy foods along with water – then you’re ready for whatever work you do throughout the day as well as having energy to run after your little cherubs!

Open those windows, let the fresh air in and circulate! Working from home and more time spent indoors means a fresh working environment is needed to help ‘you’ when you’re constantly confined to a new office space you’ve had to adapt to.

Spring is here, the evenings are brighter, those beautiful blossom trees and daffodils are flourishing, and as my little girls say “mummy, the birdies are singing!”


©️ 2021 Bernie Egerton connectwithpoetry.com

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Stay safe, keep smiling and rehydrate along with a good brekkie!



Haiku:

A withered flower

The seeds they grow and flourish

Blossom brighten shine

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Ten tips, to help you on your poetry writing journey and some styles!

When I started writing poetry I was eager to learn more about the skills attached to this incredible creative outlet.

The following tips can help ‘you’ strengthen your writing skills and to understand more about the art if you’re just starting off.
Its a few pointers on what helped me (and still does) starting out. I continue to learn every day and I’ve had a few poems published to date.


Ten Poetry Writing Tips:

1. Read a poetry handbook to learn more about the craft, highlighting sections for future reference so you can always refer back to (I still refer back to mine!)


2. Read poetry every day, from a range of different poets, styles, themes, even if its just one or two poems each day.


3. Listen to online poetry readings and recordings, feeling the flow of the words and to connect in a form different to reading.

4. Listen to a poetry podcast


5. Keep writing when in the flow, when inspiration hits and feel that poem.

6. Edit later, or leave for a few days and return to edit with fresh eyes and read aloud.

7. If feeling overwhelmed with writing, give it a breather and read poetry instead (you’re still learning and absorbing all about the art)


8. Find what style you prefer and work on it.


9. Join poetry clubs and share your work

10. Lastly, enjoy the process 🙂


Styles:

Recently I’ve been focussing on writing shorter types of poetry such as Limericks and Haikus.

A Haiku consists of 3 lines in total and the traditional rules are:
Line one has 5 syllables
Line two has 7 syllables
Line three has 5 syllables

A Limerick consists of a five line poem and it can be witty and fun to write. Traditional rules are: First second and fifth line rhyme
Third & fourth line rhyme (AABBA)
First, second & fifth lines have between 7-10 syllables
Third & fourth lines have between 5-7 syllables

Hope these tips help ‘you’ with your poetry writing – its what helped me when starting out!


A haiku to start your day with!

Turning the page to

A crisp new day, breathe a smile

Wipe away the dust

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Stay safe, keep smiling and happy writing 🙂

If Life Throws You Lemons..Bite Them! Leave the Lemonade Aside For Now!

So as the famous saying goes (no need to repeat it, as you know it quite well!!) I started saying it to my husband one day when this lockdown malarkey was losing its novelty. He quickly turned around, stopped me in my tracks, and as calm as you like said “bite the f*****s”😬🍋!! Well. It fairly brought me down from my unicorn clouds with a bang (will leave them to my two little girls)

Now, I’m not saying its a great motto to stick by. Sometimes ‘you’ just have to ‘bite’ those tangy, yellow oval fruits and see where those sour pulps and pips end up!

During Covid (I know) you find yourself at times giving the inspiration a little nudge and are like “pass me the gin”🍸. Lemons are great companions along with whatever tipple ‘you’ enjoy (In moderation, especially when you’re a mummy, otherwise, being Irish you’d drink the bottle).

Sometimes you just have to turn daunting situations into ‘humour’, to work through those sour pimpled bad boys. Until you work with them, slice them and put them into a glass of whatever gets you through those days,  when all you want to do is have a good old cry and a gin..

So…

When life throws

you lemons…

Bite them!

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Visualization, connecting with nature and relaxation…

Relaxation exercises

A walk along the beach is so relaxing.  There’s something peaceful about being near the sea, listening to the swishing sound of that ocean, as your bare feet glides through those ripples. You can feel a sense of calm and connection to this beautiful environment, as you dip your toes into that water, feeling the smooth sand sinking under your grounded feet, being mindful throughout and soaking up that peaceful scene.

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Its tough when you’re feeling anxious and trying to stay motivated and relaxed during a global pandemic. Throughout lockdown, I found going for a brisk 20 minute walk outside and connecting with nature helped to clear my mind and reconnect with myself. Also being a mum, its important to have a bit of ‘you’ time, refreshing the mind and to relax if feeling overwhelmed in lockdown.


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Relaxation exercises are helpful if you are having trouble relaxing or sleeping. I’ve been practicing vizualization exercises throughout this pandemic on occasions where I struggle to fall asleep at night. Helping me to focus and relax while taking deep breaths throughout.


Visualization exercise:

The following technique, can help anytime when you’re feeling stressed. it can be very beneficial, especially after a busy day!

  • Close your eyes
  • Inhale deeply for 3 seconds
  • Exhale for 4 seconds
  • Visualize the soothing swishing ocean and the scene of that calming beach
  • Repeat, inhaling for 3 seconds and exhaling for 4 seconds

Deep breaths

Visualize

Relax…

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A Lighthearted Spin on a Covid-19 Home Testing Kit!

Now, If anyone had told you this time last year that sticking a gigantic cotton bud up your nose, and swirling it around your tonsils was the new normal; you would’nt believe it and would’ve laughed it off! Well here I am, giving a detailed account through an instruction type poem of my experience (overall it wasnt that bad) of such a test. We all need a bit of lightheartedness right now!

Pilot Home Testing Kit

Covid-19 test arrives in the post.

Contents:
Instructions pamphlet (here we go)
DIY flat cardboard box the size of an Ipad.
Small clear plastic bag and a slightly larger bio hazard bag (scary)
Swab (a gigantic cotton bud, note to self – DO NOT insert into ear)
Pretty lilac cap test tube with saline solution and barcode (so cute)
Security label.

Test:
I wash my hands thoroughly for 20 seconds as instructed.
I unwrap and place the gigantic cotton bud swab into the back of my throat (thrilling)
Rub each tonsil 5 times (as instructed, trying so hard not to gag of course).
Best bit to come…
I Place the gigantic cotton bud swab into nostril and twist while
going as far up as I Can (lovely)
Test over.
Relief.
I sneeze about twenty thousand times before washing my hands yet again!

Final part:
Unscrew pretty lilac cap, place swab into tube with clear solution –
while snapping end off (as instructed, just so you know)
Place into clear plastic bag, seal, then place into scary bio hazard bag.


Register barcode online to register your name and details (why of course)
Fiddle about assembling the small cardboard box while flustered/annoyed. Place bag with pretty lilac cap test tube, and swab into box (while flustered/annoyed after assembling).
Attach security label and seal with a kiss (maybe not)
Skip to the nearest priority post box, and post.

Two days later I receive a text:
“Your test result is negative” (Woo hoo)
“You did not have the virus when test was done” (oh ok)
Pilot home testing kit complete.
Great –
I will not be included as a daily figure stat.
I cough –
Oh no…

(A mummy trying to stay sane
during a global pandemic!)

Kids Return to School, No More Homeschooling. And, a Poem Thrown Into the Mix!

So, here in England the kids went back to school on Monday.
Parents all over were delighted – no more home schooling and toddlers (and parents) climbing the walls. So that’s a good thing, right?

Well, here’s the thing, does this mean another spike in cases (again) In a time of uncertainty and constantly treading water? It’s inevitable to feel a little nervous about what lies ahead in the coming weeks. But, we’ll get there in the end with this awful virus, as hope is there, now a vaccine is well and truly here.

Until then, you keep the creativity flowing or whatever helps you through these waves! We’re all riding these choppy, choppy seas together.


Poem:

Background:

I wrote the following free verse poem during this third lockdown, when my little lady was missing her friends in Nursery. She donned her adorable princess dress at the time. She’s delighted to be back & lets hope it stays that way.

Very Soon Princess

‘Mummy can I see my friends’? My 3-Year-old asks.
A crown resting upon those long golden Locks.
Oversized transparent princess
Glitter shoes on her tiny size 6 feet.
Toes creeping over the top;
Touching the grey carpeted floor.

She dances, heels bereft from clicking With other tiny feet –
Swirling like an angel in her blue and Lavender dotted jewelled Elsa dress.

My youngest flips pages of her Peppa Pig Book, sitting on the floor squealing, the High pitch
Leaves a ringing in my ears!

Very soon princess

Waiting for that day
Swirling lockdown princess
Swirling with her
Swirly playful friends.

Heres to You Paddy! A Limerick For the Day Thats in it…🍀

So being from the Emerald Isle, I wish you a ‘Happy St Patricks Day’. Whether you’re Irish, whatever your connection is. I hope you manage to drown that shamrock over your favourite drink!

So paint those cheeks (now, now, now I meant cheeks on your face), get the music pumping – the irish dancing shoes on and show that kitchen who rocks!!


Limerick 🍀

So Paddy your Shamrock is here
Parades bloody cancelled this year
But your spirits so big
We’ll dance an auld jig
As we toast with a cold bottled beer!


Stay safe, keep smiling and may the luck of the shamrock be with you 🍀

Each Step Forward Counts on This Journey…

In a time of uncertainty, each step forward does count, even if you take a step back some days. Its hard when you’re on a journey like no other. You’re human, we all are, and on this rocky road together (with lots of splinters along the way).

In a time when going to the shops was a simple little task, not having to worry about sanitizing, wearing a mask and social distancing. Now we have all these little added extras to remember. A walk along the street dodging other walkers, keeping that distance and missing a tight hug from family and friends and a chat over coffee…

I know there are times where you think its like groundhog day (it is) and nothing to look forward to. But focus on what gives you comfort and joy. Maybe a blast of your favourite music, a funny show on netflix, a jog or a bit of new-found creativity. Whatever gives you that ‘bit’ of joy.

Some days you dont have to juggle everything and expect to be this ‘perfect’ person. Nobody is.

Remember. Each step counts, forward and back.

YOU’VE got this. And keep going


Inner Strength –

Every step counts

Keep going

YOU’VE got this

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