Tuesday, July 7, 2020

"We Need" Pandemic Poem Video

In the moments of quiet contemplation during my #QuarantineLife days, poetry has become my expressive outlet. Knowing that hope and faith are needed in abundance to heal the tragedies and traumatic experiences encountered, I write from the heart, believing there must be a worldwide call to action.

With that intent in mind, I penned a golden shovel poem based on Kitty O'Meara's poem, In the Time of Pandemic. Little did I know about Kitty O'Meara prior to the start of the pandemic. After her poem took international flight in March 2020, I explored to find more information. The Oprah Magazine called her the poet laureate of the pandemic and Deepak Chopra publicized her viral pandemic poem on Facebook. Many others have read, posted her poem, and added their thoughts. I decided to take the poem I wrote for my last blog post and create a video poem using the Lumen 5 online video maker.


I hope my video poem becomes another voice speaking from the heart during the pandemic. You can find my short video, We Need Pandemic Poem, on my YouTube channel.


Hope, Love, and Harmony are needed for the world to unite in peace!


I am offering this post to the Two Writing Teachers community of writers for the
Tuesday Slice of Life challenge.

9 comments:

  1. "Home became the center of life"; "people began reconnecting"...It is a shame that it took a pandemic to make some people realize just what is important in life - family and friends.

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    1. I agree. Home is a very important concept lately. My very closest friends on Long Island and my family have been having social distancing get togethers in each others' backyards every other weekend just to feel some semblance of normalcy. Everyone waits for these events to catch up. Home is were the heart is.

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  2. Lovely video, Carol. I agree that poetry is and has been a balm during these difficult days. When I can’t concentrate on a novel or other long text, I turn to poetry. I found your poem and video cathartic. Thank you. You should join Sara Donaldson’s Ethical ELA poetry challenge this month.

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    1. Glenda, thanks for reminding me about the Ethical ELA poetry challenge. I always seem to have so many things to do. I just finished teaching my grad school intensive online-course. That is why I have been MIA lately.

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  3. I think poetry is helping us through these times. Beautiful video.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Diane. Poetry quiets my soul.

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  4. Your poem and the video are so powerful, Carol - the Earth has needed that gentle cradling and ways to re-imagine hope and find balance. Your words are always part of that needed healing.

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    1. Thank you, Fran. I liked the idea of earth needing a gentle cradling when it popped into my head. Perhaps, it was stimulated by the image of my 6-month-old granddaughter being cradled.

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