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In memory of all those who lost their lives during the holcaust, and to those who live on, with the memories. Spoken or unspoken. You are remembered 🕯

You Are Remembered

You saw, you heard, you smelt, you saw.

You felt things, nobody should go through.

When somebody’s anger, turned to hate

Decided anothers life, does not rate.

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Yet some survived, and some they spoke,

Its documented, its no joke.

Teach your child, learn from the past

Never repeat, the holocaust.

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IF we let this, slip from view,

Could history, repeat anew?

We like to think it wouldn’t, but…

Who’s to say, if we forgot.

by Billie @billiescraftroom

About this poem.

I was brought up in an era, where the events of the holocaust were taught in school, but not everyone is. Some secretly wrote about their expriences at the time, and afterwards. Others have spoken of their experiences. Many, would never find the words to describe the undescribable, and boure their scars silently.

Technology has helped the experiences, of those who lived through those times, to be recorded for future generations. There are still those alive today who were there, who had the lived experience. They have families who have lived experiences, of how that affected the lives of their loved ones, and them.

Please don’t let lies, fear and hate be your guides

When someone states an opionion as if its a fact, spreads lies and hate and anger. That can spread through generation to generation.

That poison, that anger, those lies, that one persons life, is more valuable than anothers, is sadly for many, still in the world today. What words do you use about others? What are you teaching, the next generation?

With open hearts and minds, we can learn about the past and FROM the past.

I feel, It is important to remember, these events. Those who suffered, those who died, and the reasons given for taking those lives and those actions. The world seems to be moving faster and faster, events slip from the now, into the past at an ever increasing speed.

We hope, we pray, that these things never happen again. Yet we need to remember they happened, to learn what happened before them, which led the world to that place.

❤ How others stepped in and showed that not all of humanity, shares that hateful view.

In memory of all who suffered and still suffer due to hate. To all those who died, you are remembered 🕯

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If 2022, did not start in a happy way for you and you too are grieving, this one is for you. Are all the Happy New year greetings, making you want to crawl under a blanket? Here is my poem and we’ll talk afterwards.

Early Grief

This is the path to peace,

Through the river of snot and tears,

Through the primal screams of loss,

Throught the primal screams of fears.

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I’ve walked this path before,

Feeling numb, confused and lost,

So I leave these words as a map,

To help me feel, less lost.

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For when your hungry, but cannot eat,

So tired, but cannot sleep,

When you sleep and sleep all day,

And still cannot see the way.

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Time to rest and cry it out.

Drink lots of water, helps you out.

Not listen to anyone

Just doing, what can be done.

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Take each second at a time,

More than that, fries your mind,

These are the ways, that have been kind

When your are lost, in space and time.

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by Billie @billiescraftroom

About grief

Grief is tough, its messy, it knows nothing of time, space and special days, holidays. Weather you lost your special someone just before or during the holiday periods or at any other time, it can be especially hard when you see others expressing joy, when you are not on that page.

There is so much expectation around grief, I found I was bombarded with ‘suggestions’, the sentances that start with; ‘you should, you must, why don’t you.’ worst of all the ‘… wouldn’t want you to…’ Though the person saying that, may be sending it from a place of love, that sure isn’t how it lands. It can feel like, your pain is socially unacceptable, makes them uncomfortable and the message you can be getting is, just don’t do this around me!

Thing is in early grief, its not always possible to control thoughts, feelings and emotions. The smallest thing can cause a tsunami of emotions and the river of tears arrives. It takes all that you have, to stop from flopping to the floor, to join them. I hope you are given the time and space to process in your own way, in your own time.

Often though, pressures from all sides prevent that. Just know that what ever you are doing, that is helping you get through second by second, is the very best you can do right now.

Others opionions and expectations are theirs not a to do list, not yours.

In the early days when you can barely process the basics, fending off those expectations, suggestions, or trying to defend your need, to be doing what you are doing, is just too exhausting. Feeling the need to appoligise for your thoughts, feelings and actions. Horrible isn’t it.

  • If you are supporting someone through grief please take a moment to watch Megan Devine’s video on You Tube called, How do you help a greiving friend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2zLCCRT-nE
  • Here is a list of supportive sites if it is you who is grieving and feel you might like some external support https://aspacetoheal.wordpress.com/healing/peaceful-place/
  • Rainbows Bridge is a site discussing Pet Loss. https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/ They have advice on end of life care for your beloved pet, memorial space options, candle rememberance days. Its a kind space. Rainbows Bridge is a virtual memorial home and grief support community for your departed fur baby. Whether furry, feathered or scaled, all are welcome.

I’m so sorry for you loss, you do you, my post wasn’t about telling anyone what to do, think or feel. It was an expression of my own grief, I’m posting it as I know I’m not the only one grieving and perhaps the links later in the post, will be of use to you or someone you know.

If you are going to offer ideas to someone grieving, please ASK THEM first.

Sometimes, someone does want ideas and suggestions, but only when they are able to process, that information. Go in with that advice too soon and its tmi. Also PLEASE don’t offer anything you are not willing or able to come good on. Its a difficult time that is hard to navigate, its exhausting. Takes a lot of courage to reach out to someone, so please be mindful about what you offer someone who is grieving.

Each loss is unique depending on who or what you are grieving, can be person, pet, place, the old you and old situation. It also can differ depending on your relationship to that, as well how things ended.

Holding safe space for you while you navigate this difficult time.

Billie

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Well, we made it through another season. The light is returning, the days are gradually getting longer again. It is time to take those December decorations down, for another year, as we have arrived at Twelfth night. Today’s verse, inspired by the titles in the song; The Twelve Days of Christmas, taken litterally, talks of the shouting matches, you see the politicans have, when they disagree.

Twelve Lords a Leaping

There are lots, of Lords a leaping,

So many sounding cross,

For what ever each one says,

Another says is ‘Tosh!’

Twelve Lords a leaping- Twelve Days of Christmas
Here is my cartoon to go with the twelve lords a leaping section of my comedy verse rewrite of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

The finer points of politics are lost on me. So I hope you can gloss over my confusion around ministers, rather than Lords and just smile along, to a jolly poem.

If you missed earlier posts in the series please go to Day 1, https://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2021/12/25/12-days-of-christmas-silly-verse-rewrite-day-1/

Where I will be adding links to the rest of the days so you can catch up.

As ever, I like to share useful information here, so here is some historical reference to the 12 Days of Christmas song. This is from Good Housekeeping https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/a29212592/12-days-of-christmas-meaning-facts/

Please share my post, leave me a comment and let me know if you have enjoyed the series and my verse in general. Would you like to see more posts like this here?

May 2022 be as kind to you as possible, stay safe

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you when I can. #spoonie

Billie x 🌈

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Today’s verse inspired by the titles in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas taken litterally. Today its about eleven ladies dancing… or not, given the current world situation.

Eleven Ladies dancing…not!

Its girls night in the club,

But no one is around.

Coz we’ve gone back into lockdown,

So we cannot gather round.

Eleven Ladies Dancing-Twelve Days of Christmas
Here is my cartoon to go with the poem I wrote about 11 ladies dancing, inspired by the song Twelve Days of Christmas

If you missed earlier posts in the series please go to Day 1, https://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2021/12/25/12-days-of-christmas-silly-verse-rewrite-day-1/

Where I will be adding links to the rest of the days so you can catch up.

As ever, I like to share useful information here, so here is some historical reference to the 12 Days of Christmas song. This is from Good Housekeeping https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/a29212592/12-days-of-christmas-meaning-facts/

Please share my post, leave me a comment and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for the next verse.

May the season be as kind to you as possible

Billie x

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Today’s verse inspired by the titles in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, taken litterally. Today, I explore how neighbours might feel, if surrounded by Ten Pipers piping, in the suburbs.

Ten Pipers Piping

First the nine drummers, drumming!

But things are getting worse

There’s TEN pipers pipping now!

I’m Trying not to curse!

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TEN Pipers Piping!

Yes, that’s right, I did say TEN

And its not like they are kids,

These are full grown men.

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I’m sick, I’m tired, I’ve had enough!

I really need to sleep.

So please, come and sort them out,

Then we can, all get, some sleep.

Ten Pipers Piping Twelve Days of Christmas
Here is my cartoon to go with my comedy poem rewrite inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas song.

If you missed earlier posts in the series please go to Day 1, https://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2021/12/25/12-days-of-christmas-silly-verse-rewrite-day-1/

Where I will be adding links to the rest of the days so you can catch up.

As ever, I like to share useful information here, so here is some historical reference to the 12 Days of Christmas song. This is from Good Housekeeping https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/a29212592/12-days-of-christmas-meaning-facts/

Please share my post, leave me a comment and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for the next verse.

May the season be as kind to you as possible

Billie x

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Today’s verse inspired by the titles in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, taken litterally. Today, I explore the world of a young drummer, in a house where their skills, were not appreciated.

Nine Drummers Drumming

Last year, I got a drum kit.

I practice in the shed,

Coz if my parents hear me,

I get a look, thats full of dread.

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I think, I’m getting really good.

Perhaps, they don’t agree.

But when I’m really famous,

They’ll be glad, that they knew me.

Nine Drummers Drumming Twelve Days of Christmas
Here is my cartoon to go with the comedy poem I wrote. Inspired by the Nine drummers drumming in the song the Twelve days of Christmas

If you missed earlier posts in the series please go to Day 1 https://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2021/12/25/12-days-of-christmas-silly-verse-rewrite-day-1/

Where I will be adding links to the rest of the days so you can catch up.

As ever, I like to share useful information here, so here is some historical reference to the 12 Days of Christmas song. This is from Good Housekeeping https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/a29212592/12-days-of-christmas-meaning-facts/

Please share my post, leave me a comment and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for the next verse.

May the season be as kind to you as possible

Billie x

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Today’s verse, inspired by the titles in the song; The Twelve Days of Christmas, taken litterally. I explore what happens, when a group of farmers have to change their plans, last minute. Happy New Year, may 2022 be as kind to us all as possible, stay safe.

Eight Maids a Milking

Eight maids a milking,

Yes all at once, on Zoom!

The Christmas party, cancelled!

And they felt, decending gloom.

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So they put on, silly antlers,

A few in, onesies too,

And they had, their get together

With a slightly different view.

Eight Maids a Milking Twelve Days of Christmas
Here is my cartoon to go with my comedy poem I wrote, inspired by the Eight maids a milking in the song of the 12 Days of Christmas

If you missed earlier posts in the series please go to Day 1, https://billiescraftroom.wordpress.com/2021/12/25/12-days-of-christmas-silly-verse-rewrite-day-1/

Where I have added links to them.

As ever, I like to share useful information here, so here is some historical reference to the 12 Days of Christmas song. This is from Good Housekeeping https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/a29212592/12-days-of-christmas-meaning-facts/

Please share my post, leave me a comment and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for the next verse.

May the season be as kind to you as possible

Billie x

PS Soz asterix in there, I am struggling with the new editor feature on wordpress can’t get it to show verse as I’d like to see it, had to put that in to keep the spacing of the different verses.

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