Led by The Wordsworth Trust, as part of the Reimagining Wordsworth Project, our nurses, staff and patients have taken part in poetry workshops and have created wonderful poems exploring language and feeling.
On International Poetry Day we want to share our poetry with you. Click on the images to read our poems.
The care we give is holistic, as part of our work offering palliative care to people with life limiting illnesses we are committed to enhancing life. Being creative can enhance well-being and lead us to discover gifts we didn’t know we possessed.
Used positively, words have the power to soothe and to offer healing; to enlighten and encourage; to inspire and to move emotionally. Individuals from all walks of life can be inspired by the power of poetry. At the end of the workshops everyone was amazed they had written this poetry together, using their memories of place and emotion.
Engagement Officer and workshop leader, Tom Langridge, said ‘Running Wordsworth-inspired poetry sessions with Hospice at Home West Cumbria is an absolute treat. We have written sensory poems to explore language and feeling, looked at the stories behind some of Wordsworth’s most moving works, and to cap it all created three beautiful group poems ‘New Life Begins’, Seeking Sanctuary in Times Past and Our Place, with everyone enthusiastically contributing lines and ideas to the finished work. I have been so impressed by the groups openness to a wide range of poetry and creative activity and look forward to more exciting collaborative work with Hospice at Home West Cumbria.
Watch the video of New Life Begins