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Thursday, June 14, 2012

We spent all yesterday on Öland - a 140 km long Island ouside the east coast of Sweden. The town I am in – Kalmar – is situated where the long bridge to that Island begins. Me made seven stops during the day and had the assignments to write haikus tankas, clerihews and limericks – for example:

A haiku about the ruins of the castle of Borgholm

a haiku about camels (!)

and a haiku about windmills.

It was fun but I had touches of feeling like an outsider all day because I did not have to work with this at all. The explanation is simple - during chemo I started to write classical vers to keep my brain from going insane. I have practised with jambs a lot and can come up with an acceptable haiku in one minute... the clerihew was hard since I have never done it before and the limerichs were supposed to be indecent which I have not done before either – but still I find it really easy. As I do with the other assignments we get – I find it really easy to write on order, I just do it.

This awakens a feeling of shame, isn´t it weird? I feel like I am trying to be better than others and I hold back and make excuses when people admires my skill. That stops me from enjoying my gift, sad.

When we came home we got a group assignment - in grops of four we should write a "list" poem with a given rythm. My group did this in about 30 minutes, I felt good about it because we worked together and cooperated in a creative manner.

In the evening I went biking and haad pizza... emoticon

AND – this is a picture from the theatre that I forgot yesterday – it is the copies of the smug teacher goldenroy lockhardt - my daughter is in the middle and soooo cute!

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  • SILLYHP1953
    You do have some really great talents...now you just need to be grateful for them.
    2689 days ago
    Love the picture of your daughter; she's more than cute! Enjoyed the other photos too; you are really having a great week. Must admit, the camels were a surprise to me too.

    Time to let that little light shine; proud is NOT the same as conceited. I'm glad you recognize that you do have a gift; don't be afraid to share it. What good is a gift if we have to keep it hidden? There is no shame here to be had; enjoy your gifts Meddy and share them with others. I haven't yet mastered the knack for not feeling like an outsider. I think it has more to do with me being an introvert than any gifts I may have. It is what it is, and it is me. I've learned to be OK with it. I do recognize that others don't see me that way.

    Have fun these last 2 days!
    2716 days ago
    c'mon, meddy - you're WAY better than jäntelagen - you *can* do things, you have talents, and you should be proud of them! what interesting assignments this course has!

    but camels on öland?! that's weird!
    2716 days ago
    Your course sounds really interesting - as FRIENDOFBACH suggests - would be nice to read some of the results. Whether you accept it or not, MP, you certainly have talent and sharing is always good. I'm hopeless at haikus and worse at limericks. A clerihew that went to my heart and which I 'stole' from Wikipedia ages ago as an example for a class I was teaching:

    Sir Christopher Wren
    Said, "I am going to dine with some men.
    If anyone calls
    Say I am designing St. Paul's

    Some of the students were great and came up with really good ones parodying people in their own countries I had never heard of - put me on the spot but just had to go with it!

    Absolutely any stuff you are getting from that class that you can share would be wonderful - those professional courses always contain really good ideas.
    If it would make transfer easier Sparkmail me and I'll give you my email address.

    Enjoy it all - and thanks for sharing.

    PS - Great photo of the show. Your daughter does indeed look cute - I've always thought so.
    2717 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/14/2012 3:27:03 AM
    Yes, your daughter looks adorable...very cute with a sweet smile.

    And OH MY MY MY...what will it take for you to embrace your special talents? What a gift you have to be able to write on demand.

    Camels in Sweden???? Who knew? Loved the pictures.

    2717 days ago
    I agree with the previous poster - can you translate and share your poems? I never heard of 'clerihew' either, and as for limericks... I don't think I've ever written one, but I know a couple that are really funny. And unprintable here, lol!
    2717 days ago
  • no profile photo FRIENDOFBACH
    Hope you are going to post what your write!
    2717 days ago
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