Why….? ……Poem

Why has it taken this strange new virus
To make us look at the world
With different eyes and different views
To look closely at nature unfurl?

Why have we suddenly noticed
The damage we did before
And suddenly appreciate the tiny things
The beauty around, just a little bit more?

Why has it taken this lockdown
To suddenly see what means most
To suddenly see the simple things
To see them right up close?

It’s not what we appreciate now
But what we appreciate after that matters most
Will we behave differently
Will we still see nature up close?

Let’s hope our appreciation of the world and our fellow human beings is much kinder, much more thoughtful than we were before all this came along. Then all these deaths, all this heartache won’t have been for nothing…..

Will we respect then what we learnt to respect now?

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

9 thoughts on “Why….? ……Poem

  1. Yes it’s sad it has taken this pandemic for some to appreciate the beauty around us. Let us hope we can and do respect nature and what we have and learn to appreciate.

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  2. Poignant reflections Wendy, and sadly we seem to be short at this time on truly effective, sustainable solutions. Before corona virus, concern for the environment, global warming and conflict in Syria featured regularly in the news. These and many other pressing issues haven’t gone away but we can only cope with so much trouble at any one time. I believe a better future will come but realistically, I don’t look to man to deliver it. As you say “the damage we did”.

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  3. It would be good to think that it will make a long term difference, but with man’s nature being what it is, in many cases it will be back to business as usual …. and in many cases this is inevitable as people have to live. Hopefully at least people will be kinder and more helpful to others.

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