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Walk With Me: Remembering Those with Dementia

“Walk With Me” was inspired by the lives of the elderly in nursing homes and people with dementia. I’ve had much exposure to nursing homes since I was young and because of that, I’ve often thought about the process of growing old and what it means to live out your ‘last years’ on Earth. For some people, they approach their last years in fear and maybe hopelessness. For others, they decide to welcome their years with excitement and peace. It really is a spectrum of emotions and attitudes toward life and the afterlife.

I hope “Walk With Me” will inspire empathy and serve as a reminder that even when we are facing our own storms in life, we can still be a source of strength for others. Continue reading “Walk With Me: Remembering Those with Dementia”

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Poem: Arms of Time

Time is a gift. When we share it with others, we are giving them something very precious to us. Sometimes drops of inspiration enter my ears and allow me to tap into the palette of the universe even for just a moment. This poem came to me when I was thinking about history, the repetition of humanity’s mistakes as well as successes, and how our time seems more limited. Now this is not to say we don’t have enough time. Many people who are busy tend to say, “I don’t have time,” but as long as we’re breathing and alive, we still have time. We can always bring more positivity, gratitude, and love with every moment that we live. Let us not take for granted every second that we are given.

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Poem: Headscarf

A tichel, headscarf (or headcover) can signify a wide range of meanings. Each person has a unique story. My headcovering symbolizes my belief in Jesus/Yeshua as God incarnate, my Lord and Savior. Each time I put on my tichel, I remember that God is with us always: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20). Not every woman who covers her head/ hair does so for spiritual reasons so it is always better to ask the person and not assume that we know her reasons.

Anyways, this poem came to me as I was thinking about a bride and a groom and how their story parallels the love story found in Scripture.

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Poem: Where Are You Love?

“Where is love? What is love?” During these past two months, students and adults have asked me either directly or indirectly these two questions, which I think we have all asked at some point in our lives. To be honest, I wondered why I was asked these questions or some version of them. It is not like I am an expert on this so I was greatly puzzled by this occurrence. Yet these questions touch the core of our souls and reveal our longing for true love, not in the romantic sense, but in its purest form. In a world that is growing colder with hate, we are all wondering if we can still know love. Although it isn’t much, this poem is my gift to everyone who asked me what ‘love’ is:

 

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Poem: A Dear Friend

There was something about the moment when I was writing this poem…it was a very calming experience, much like a time when one meets a dear friend during a difficult time. After all, true friendship overcomes obstacles and transcends time and space.

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Listen to Tim Keller’s sermon on Friendship

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Poem: Four Fortunes

As autumn brings its cool breezes and colorful leaves, I think back to a poem that I wrote during my time at Bryn Mawr College. This poem came to me when I was walking along Carpenter library and saw one of the cherry blossom trees:

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A Promise from Long Ago

A promise can be a source of hope or pain. Either way, promises produce endurance and strength to overcome trials. I don’t think I can fully explain how this poem came to be aside from the fact that I simultaneously felt a sense of nostalgia mixed with amnesia. Maybe this will all make sense years from now.

A Promise from Long Ago

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On Duty, Beauty, and Justice

I wrote a poem called, “Duty/ Giri 義理” in 2014 (although I recently edited it) when I was listening to “Again,” a song from the Escaflowne soundtrack. Somehow the image and story that burst forth was the personification of justice, a strong and beautiful being, whose movements exude love, truth, and clarity (not quite like the blindfolded lady).

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Poem: “Stubborn Old Man”

Continuing the theme of aging, I’ll share a poem that I wrote on June 5, 2014. (To my IEDP cohort – this is what I read during my culture share!) I come from a family of healthcare practitioners and many of our friends are either therapists or nurses. My parents and I are very close-knit and service-oriented, which is why we are drawn to our professions. Our business is always about helping others. I wrote this when I was waiting in the nursing home where my dad worked:

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Poem: Reminisce

Since it is Valentine’s Day, here is a poem (or as I prefer to call it, thoughts on a page) that combines the theme of memories and love. I wrote this in May 2014 while I was listening to “Memory,” a track from the OST of Emma: A Victorian Romance. The painting is called The Ball or An Elegant Soiree by Victor Gabriel Gilbert.

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