Poetry of the Pandemic

Poetry of the Pandemic (New experiments)

Over the last year in particular, I have found myself deeply questioning how I as an artist engage people in issues that are important but deeply unsettling. How do I engage people around global issues like the pandemic and climate change when sea level rise and flooding is a real and everyday threat?

I believe that fear immobilises and we simply cannot afford overwhelm and inaction. I attended the Climate Change and Consciousness Summit in Findhorn, Scotland last year and found myself expressing the enormity of emotion through verse.

Over the last few months I have found myself being inspired by conversations and interactions with people around me. Perhaps the limited nature of connection has made them more poignant and potent. A man saying ‘the climates gone square around here’ formed itself into a poem. A Presentation sister in the convent in Lixnaw talked so beautifully about the time BC- Before Covid.

I have found myself writing more that ever and am currenlty exploring ways of incorporating these words into the fabric of my work through performance, film, drawing and animation. This page is a work in progress for 2021. So far I have written over 30 songs and poems and am exploring ways of collaborating and getting them out in the world. If you would like me to send you some private links please contact me on info@lisafingleton.com

TAKE HEED: WE NEED CULTURE FOR OUR SPIRITS

I wrote this poem for artists, musicians, singers, poets and writers who have found themselves out of work during the pandemic. We need to value artists and and remember that we need culture for our spirits now more than any other time.

 

 

THIS COULD BE THE LAST HUG FOR A WHILE

I wrote this song in response to these extraordinary pandemic times. At the start of the first lockdown my dad said ‘this could be the last hug for a while’. I sobbed when he left, not knowing when I would see my parents and family again. Its hard to believe that we are still in a lockdown in January 2021 and that the pandemic is still having such devastating effects on people around the world. This was an impromptu recording of song on Ballybunion Beach  April 2020 and I hope it brings some solace. Thanks to Rena Blake for capturing the moment.

This could be the last hug for a while

This could be the last hug for a while

The last time I see your rogueish smile

So hold me tight

Things will be alright

But this could be the last hug for a while

 

If we didn’t love, well this would never hurt

But love makes bonds that hurt when they are cut

And love makes us understand

We’re all connected to this land

Yet one day we need to fly away

 

This could be the last hug for a while

The last time I see your rogueish smile

So hold me tight

Things will be alright

This could be the last hug for a while

 

Be brave

Be strong

Give voice to those who’re wronged

And shine a light so others find their way

 

So hold me tight

Things will be alright

But this will be the last hug for a while

How do we love?   How do we speak of things that we fear? How do we hear the things that we need to hear? This is especially challenging when there is so much divisiveness and fear mongering in the world? I wrote this song while working on The Floating Flagstone with Creative Ireland Kerry. How do we talk about important and difficult issues like climate change and biodiversity loss in the face of a global pandemic. I guess its important to keep asking the questions even if we don’t have the answers.

How do we love?

How do we speak of things that we fear?

How do we hear the things that we need to hear?

How do we choose a path that is new?

Without going astray and losing our way?

 

CHORUS

And how, how do we love?

O how do we love?

How do we love?

 

How do we speak when we are afraid?

How do we find the light in forests of dark and shade?

How do we love when hate is reigning from above?

O how do we love?

How do we love?

 

CHORUS

 

How to be kind, when moments of meanness fill our mind?

O how to be kind?

How to be kind?

How can we give so all others can thrive and live?

How can we love and how can we give?

 

CHORUS