I have always loved poetry. Some of my earliest and most treasured memories are of my Granddad reading poetry to me before bed. Poetry isn’t age-appropriate, it doesn’t have a sticker on the box saying only suitable for readers of a certain age. It is for everyone.
‘When you open yourself to the view of others it’s a risk. Much like the poem at the end of this post suggests ‘at times we will not open our eyes to see who is dancing amongst the stars with us’.
Thomas Delahunt, Senior Lecturer and Nurturer of the #poeticnursingheart, asks for a student’s view and is amazed by the insight and determined voice that comes back.
The challenges I have taken on, endured and enjoyed in my life have generally been physical ones. If there is a medal, I will run it! But when it comes to emotions I am stereotypically British and always prefer to shy away from any real expression.
I studied some of the poetry written by soldiers in World War 1 for “A” level English. I can still remember some of the lines; “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” (Wilfred Owen) and “there’s some corner of a foreign field, That is for ever England”(Rupert Brooke).
Dawn an educator in America was particularly struck by the ‘student’s voice – blog’ which was an insight into Cathi Leah’s Inpression of value of prose in care. Linking to a shared nursing theorist Jean Watson. Dawn’s response was wonderful – ‘finally! I can feel excitement for nursing theory. It is so abstract and sometimes does not connect in the early semesters to development of skills, but is so important in development of structure and attitude to care’ Bellow is a blog that centers around connections and creativity.
Back in February, a call went out on Twitter to share poems as part of something called #poeticnursingheart. I’m not a nurse, but I work closely with students and staff from nursing and other health professions. My role is as a librarian supporting the Health and Wellbeing programmes at the Medway campus. This idea of the Poetic Nursing Heart appealed to me both personally and professionally.
I want to paint a picture and it’s going to be messy. Paint card, sticky back plastic, feathers and thoughts are going to fly. I know that it should be in a linear process to aid the reader but Tough luck. You are going to have to come on my journey and spend a little moment inside a creative construct that has multiple irrelevant associations and dizzying tangents.
Cath, a student nurse at Canterbury Christ Church University, discusses how involvement with #poeticnursingheart inspired her to reach out and make connections with nursing professionals across the globe.
Phil, a member of the Learning & Teaching Enhancement team at the University, explores the relationship between the poetic nursing heart, the University Learning and Teaching strategy and the Principles of Partnership Working.
Tom describes how new technologies helped bring some of the poems to life at the symposia, and invites you to play along….