It is getting harder for us to pass each day during the current lockdown situation. Jumping inside our homes, not going out for fresh air or meeting friends and seeing new places, affects us after a certain time. But there is one thing that has time and again comes to our rescue in the past, and can do so again in the present scenario- poetry. The soothing lines in the poems are capable of calming many nerves through their knowledge.
We have selected a few poems for you that you can watch whenever you feel, for the rest of the time, you can watch Netflix, talk on the phone and catch up in sleep (although I guess you are pretty much working Are already there).
Inshallah Danusha Lamaris (2014)
We must always remember that the power of prayer is very important and can get us through the most difficult times.
I don’t know when it slipped into my speech
That soft word means, “If God wished.”
Inshallah I’ll see you next summer.
The baby will come in spring, InshaAllah.
Inshallah this year we will have enough rain.
So many plans that I have laid out are unresolved
Easily as breads under my mother’s quick fingers.
For this, there should be a word in every language. A word
Our grandmother said under her breath
When they feed the whites, they drown in lemons.
Hang them to dry in the sun, or peel the potatoes,
Leaving skins left in a bowl.
Our sons will return next month, InshaAllah.
Inshallah, this war will end soon Insha Allah
Rice will be enough to last through the winter.
How light we learn to hope,
As if it were an animal that could move
And cut your hand. And still we carry it
By the way, mother, carefully,
From one day to another.
Good Bones by Maggie Smith (2017)
The poem was written three days after a gunman killed 49 people at a Pulse nightclub in Orlando. But the poem keeps returning during difficult times, because it is about how we can talk to our children about their love in the world, when such horrific acts are happening.
Life is short, although I keep it from my children.
Life is short, and i’m short
In a thousand delicious, ominous ways,
A thousand deliciously advised
I will be away from my children the world is least
Fifty percent awesome, and he’s a conservative
However, I keep it from my children.
One stone is thrown at each bird for each bird.
For every loving child, one child is broken, bag,
Drowned in a lake. Life is short and world
At least half is terrible, and all kinds of
Stranger, someone who will break you,
Although I keep it from my children. I am trying
To sell them to the world. Any decent realtor,
You walk through a real sheethole, but shrimp
About Good Bones: This place can be beautiful,
right? You can make this place beautiful.
Excerpt from John O’Dongue (2008) to Bless the Space Between Us
Although this poem was written for those recovering from a breakup, it does not mean that it is the only time it should be read. This poem helps us to stop and look within and also that good times will come back in our lives.
It’s time to slow down,
Bend less near the wall
Until the bitter season passes.
Try the best you can, not to go
Doubt Coil Brush
Scratch with your heart
Sense of self all
And your hesitant light.
If you remain generous,
Time will come well;
And you will get your feet
Again on the fresh pastures of promises,
Where the wind will be kind
And was blushing to begin with.
The Orange by Wendy Cope (1992)
Happiness lies in small things, whether it is a walk in the park or crossing objects coming from outside, to do the list made 2 weeks ago. And generosity is a very important human virtue, which you realize once through this poem.
At lunch i bought a huge orange
Its size made all of us laugh.
I peeled it off and shared it with Robert and Dave-
They got quarters and I had one half.
And that orange made me so happy,
As simple things often do
more recently. Shopping. A walk in the park
This is peace and contentment. This is new.
The rest of the day was quite easy.
I did all my work in my list
And enjoyed them and some time was over.
I love you. I’m glad I’m present.
Untitled by Kitty O’Mera (2020)
Everyone from Deepak Chopra to Bella Hadid have shared the poem on their social handles, the most recent being viral in the wake of the coronovirus epidemic. The poet suggests that during this time when many of us may be alone, we should use the time for activities such as self-reflection, exercise and happiness.
And people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played sports, and learned new ways of being, and still were. And heard deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadow. And people started thinking differently.
And the people recovered. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless ways, the earth began to recover.
And when the danger passed, and the people reunited together, they grieved their loss, and made new choices, and dreamed of new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth completely, As if they were cured.