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Two Poems by Liv Torc and Jaime Shaw

Poems for you to read and keep

We recently had the pleasure of listening to readings of two wonderful (and very different) poems on our recent online meeting  Somerset: Social Prescribing Then, Now and in the Future, where were joined by Mark Helyar, Liv Torc and Jaime Shaw who have all been involved in the Word/Play project run by TakeArt.

Liv Torc has written a poem for Somerset, based on hearing about what people have been doing during lockdown. You can hear Liv Torc reading the poem in this video (clicking this link should take you to the start of Liv’s performance at 35:36). Read the poem below, or download this specially designed PDF version that you can print out or share with others: How to Make a Difference by Liv Torc – PDF.

 

How to Make a Difference

You get up,

you don’t even have to get dressed,

just press your hand to your chest,

feel your heart and your breath

that’s a start

 

and sometimes your heart

will want to be quiet

or sing every night to the stars

Transcending the roofs

and snuggly parked cars

So, the double glazing of neighbours

seems less like steel bars.

 

You make a difference by

clearing the table

sewing medical scrubs

delivering NHS food in takeaway tubs

Zooming your parents

shaving your head

Planting carrots and peonies

in your raised flower bed

 

Every seed, every clap, every smile

Every time you step to the side

or walk single file

 

You make a difference

By sitting down with your kids and exploring their minds

Letting them chalk outside of the lines

 

By chatting to neighbours,

you never spoke too before

Thanking the postman,

standing six foot from your door
by opening the window with the radio on

letting news of community swirl in the air

with the trill of birdsong

You make a difference

when you roll up your sleeves

let yourself grieve

do whatever you can

to help others to cope

 

It’s a lot about service

but it’s a lot more about hope.

 

by Liv Torc

 

Find out more about Liv and watch more videos of her performing her poetry at her website:

www.livtorc.co.uk

Jaime Shaw has written a poem that he wrote “when I was in a particularly bad time, but it gave me an opportunity to tell people about it in a way that I wasn’t really able to do before”.

You can hear Jaime talking about his involvement with the Word/Play project here (the link should take you to 38:24 when Jaime starts talking about this) then you can also can hear Jaime reading his poem here (clicking this link should take you to the start of Jaime’s performance at 40:52). Read the poem below, or download this specially designed PDF version that you can print out or share with others: System Crash by Jaime Shaw – PDF

 

System Crash

Social interaction.exe is not responding.
Would you like to wait, or end the process?

Social interaction.exe is not responding.
Would you like to wait, or end the process?

Social interaction.exe is not responding.
Would you like to wait, or end the process?

GP malware scanner has detected the presence of anxiety in your system.

User may experience core temperature rises, unwanted over clocking, uncontrolled release of coolant and corruption of data leading to logic loops-

Leading to logic loops-

Leading to logic loops-

Attempting repair of corrupted sectors.

Sertraline.exe is not responding.
Would you like to wait, or end the process?

Venlafaxine.exe is not responding.
Would you like to wait, or end the process?

Downloading third party assistance program CBT.

CBT is incompatible with your operating system.

Directory c drive/users/Jaime/therapy cannot be found. If you encounter this problem again, it may have been moved our deleted.

GP malware scanner has detected the presence of depression in your system.

The users system may not boot correctly, experience a slowing down of essential processes and be unable to launch interpersonal or entertainment programs.

Attempting repair of corrupted sectors.

Duloxetine.exe is not responding.
Would you like to wait, or end the process?

Friendship.exe is not responding.
Would you like to wait, or end the process?

Family.exe is not responding.
Would you like to wait, or end the process?

Directory c drive/users/Jaime/strength cannot be found. If you encounter this problem again, it may have been moved or deleted.

Directory c drive/users/Jaime/courage cannot be found. If you encounter this problem again, it may have been moved or deleted.

Directory c drive/users/Jaime/happiness cannot be found. If you encounter this problem again, it may have been moved or deleted.

Directory c drive/users/Jaime/hope cannot be found.

Hope. Cannot be found.

Hope. Cannot be found.

Personality.exe is not responding. Would you like to wait, or end the process?

Jaime is not responding. Would you like to wait…

Or end the process?

 

By Jaime Shaw

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