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There is more to us than cancer - share your poetry and words of wisdom!

KarinSiegerKarinSieger Posts: 98 Emotional Wellbeing Advisor
edited March 2020 in Cancer Coffee Break

Poetry can inspire, sooth, give hope, say what we dare not say and much more.


Today is National Poetry Day (3rd October 2019), but poetry does not need a special day to pull on our heartstrings, to make us sad, or happy and to motivate.

Sometime ago, I asked people to send in their favourite poems. Among them is:

I've made a poetry collection which you can read here. You can also listen to some readings in one of my podcasts here.

Any poetry you want to share? It does not matter whether today, or not. Any time you feel like it.

Depending on responses received, I might pull together a little LBW poetry collection.

Very best.


Karin Sieger
Psychotherapist | Cancer Counsellor  | Reg. MBACP (Accred)


  • KarinSiegerKarinSieger Posts: 98 Emotional Wellbeing Advisor

    Hi @JerseyBob

    Thanks for sharing Rob's (and your own) words here. Spot on!

    Regards recording and sharing music, you could always save the music on YouTube and share the link.

    Alternatively, there are sites where you can store media files (videos, music etc) for free - up to a certain file size. You can then share the link and people can listen there. For example https://www.mediafire.com

    I hope this helps. And do feel free to post here when your music is done. Would like to have a listen.

    With best wishes.


    Karin Sieger
    Psychotherapist | Cancer Counsellor  | Reg. MBACP (Accred)

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,410 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @KarinSieger , @RobertA @Rob70

    I know this is a few days late, I am not good at poetry at all! The poem I remember most, but only part of it is ' I wandered lonely as a cloud...' by William Wordsworth, from an English homework assignment I was given as a teenager! 😄

    I do like this one by Spike Milligan though...

    Smiling is infectious

    You catch it like the flu,

    When someone smiled at me today

    I started smiling too.

    I walked around the corner

    And someone saw me grin,

    When he smiled I realised

    I had passed it on to him.

    I thought about the smile

    And then realised its worth,

    A single smile like mine

    Could travel round the earth.

    So if you feel a smile begin

    Don't leave it undetected,

    Start an epidemic

    And get the world infected.


    Lou x

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,272 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @KarinSieger @Sunshinedaff

    Oh Lou, what a great poem by a very funny and clever man. He was the one who had the following epitaph on his gravestone.

    ‘I Told You I Was Ill.’

    Rob x

  • KarinSiegerKarinSieger Posts: 98 Emotional Wellbeing Advisor

    Dear @Sunshinedaff

    Great poems, thanks so much for contributing!

    With cancer - our smiles can be among the first facial expressions and feelings to go. And even the 'smiles' we received from others can change. Sometimes people are unsure whether it's ok to smile in the presence of someone affected by cancer ... An honest, heartfelt smile can go a long way - more than words ever can.

    Very best, Lou.


    Karin Sieger
    Psychotherapist | Cancer Counsellor  | Reg. MBACP (Accred)

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