Concentration (A Poem)

Having had my grandchildren, I’m now so behind
I’m still very tired, and my strength I cannot find
I’m struggling to find words; my concentration wrecked
though it was worth every minute in retrospect

I’m trying hard to read and even more so to write
every minute of the day and well into the night
I’m rather exhausted with so much in my head
but still, I greet my friends with my arms outstretched

My writing is my passion, and I don’t want to stop
Another hobby I don’t need, so I don’t wish to swap
I fell in love with words and rhyme many years ago
but I am just an amateur, so I go with the flow

I’m somewhat absent-minded; I need to pay attention
I tread very carefully and write with apprehension
I’m so grateful to my readers; you mean so much to me
You fill me up with courage and dismiss my apathy

Occasionally, I am lacking, and I can’t seem to share
Sometimes I get stuck, and I’m pulling out my hair
But with such good friends both far away and near
I have so much gratitude, and I’m full of good cheer.

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Author: Ellie Thompson

Writing my memoirs, musings, a little fiction and a lot of poetry as a way of exploring and making the most of my life ... ... Having had a break from writing my blog for more than three years, I decided to return to write my memoirs, some day-to-day observations, views and feelings. My passion is non-fiction poetry. I have a disability and use an electric powerchair called Alfie and let nothing get in the way of living life to the full. I believe that you can never do a kindness too soon and should give credit where credit is due. A smile or a kind word could make the difference between a good or bad day for a person - we never know what's going on for another soul. Those little things, perhaps, practised daily like a mantra, could mean so much to someone else. Thank you for visiting my blog and reading a little more about me. Please, make yourself at home here. You are very welcome. Ellie x 😊

61 thoughts on “Concentration (A Poem)”

  1. Always good to read what you’ve written, Ellie. And I don’t know about you, but we’re still trying to get our energy back from the time our Grandson stayed with us five years ago!

    1. Thanks, Melinda. I know you are right. As much as I love them dearly, I’m having a job getting my energy back again. Still, they were more than worth every minute and I loved having them here X 😊.

  2. Dear Ellie
    thanks for sharing your text. We like the rhythm of your words, well done 👍
    All the best, Happy Easter
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Dear Klausbernd, I’m sorry I didn’t reply to your comment before now. Thank you for leaving me a few words and for enjoying my poem. I know you said you preferred fiction, which I only write occasionally, but I thank you for taking an interest in my blog, to begin with, anyway. I wish you a Happy Easter, too. Best wishes, Ellie 😊.

  3. For me, there’s a sweet spot of blogs… blogs to read and bloggers who read mine. Too few and I’m lonely, too many and I’m overwhelmed. I’ve been trying to expand my blogging circle recently and I’ve found some quality blogs to follow. Now I wonder if I’m hitting the overwhelmed stage again. A whole mess of them in my reader tonight.

    1. I totally agree with you, Jeff, and I know exactly what you mean. I have regular bloggers who read my work and follow more blogs than I can realistically follow. The trouble is that I enjoy them all and don’t feel it’s adequate to read them without leaving a comment, as I know how important comments are to me. The last couple of days, I, too, have hit the overwhelm button again. I usually have time to write, but it’s keeping up with the reading I struggle with 🥴.

  4. I have struggled with this too! I often help care for one, or more, of my three grandchildren, and when I do, it interferes with my blogging and also my walking dogs at the shelter. I feel guilty about it, but then I realize that the grandchildren come first. It really is okay to let yourself rest a bit after being with them. Your readers understand! We all have lives beyond blogging…. Hang in there, Ellie! I’m just happy to see a post from you when it comes, but I don’t fret when it doesn’t. It’s okay!

    1. Thanks so much for your reassurance, Ann. I’m glad I am not alone in feeling as I do right now. I think I am spoilt by having most of my time to myself, so am usually free to write and read other blogs as I wish, but you are quite right, of course, our grandchildren come first. I wouldn’t change that ‘for all the tea in China’ (don’t know if you know that phrase – it might be known more in the UK). X 🌹

  5. I enjoy how you turn your experiences into these poems, Ellie. Glad you had a wonderful time with your grandchildren. At least you have some great memories to reflect on as you recuperate. Have a restful and peaceful Easter weekend.

    1. Thank you so much, Davy. I appreciate your comment. Yes, I did have the most wonderful time with my grandchildren. It was my eight-year-old grandson’s very first sleepover, but he was absolutely fine) and only my granddaughter’s second sleepover with me. She’s ten. Thank you for your good wishes for my Easter. I hope you have a lovely break over the holidays, too.

    1. Thanks very much, Granny. It was rather a short break, I know. It’s this passion I have for writing – I never seem to stop, and my mind is always working overtime. I meant to take some time out, but I just got further and further behind, so it seemed easier to come back early. I’ve been really busy all day today, so I have had little time to catch up with everyone again. Still, I have a quiet day to myself tomorrow, so I will, perhaps, catch up some more then. It’s Easter Sunday, but I don’t have many plans for this holiday, apart from my best friend coming to lunch on Monday, which will be lovely. Xxx 💓🌼💞

    1. Thanks, Geoff. Our little corner of this WordPress land is really a rather cosy place to be. I’m glad you find it the same. I feel very fortunate to have made contact with so many lovely people here, and I agree with you in that I’m glad to be part of it, too.

  6. It’s such a sweet and wholesome poem, Ellie. Your love for words shines through your brilliant poetic and prose compositions.❤️

    1. Thank you so much, Aaysid. I’m glad you enjoyed my poem. I am passionate about my writing, although I appreciate I’m not the most professional, but I merely enjoy sharing my simple words with others. Xx 💖

  7. Wow Ellie, your talent is very impressive. If you are an amateur I take it. Your poems need to be in a book to bless so many others.

    1. Thank you so much, Tangie. That’s so kind of you to say. I’m definitely very much an amateur writer. I would love to write a book, but don’t know where to start and couldn’t afford a publisher.

      How is your wrist now after your operation? I hope it’s not too painful and that it will heal well. It must be difficult managing with just one hand. Xx 💐

      1. Hi Ellie, check into self-publishing, which is popular, I plan to do this. My wrist is ok and wrap so tight I do not feel anything yet. After three previous surgeries, two on right and one on left, the pain will be felt after bandage and wrap are removed and therapy started. Yes, very difficult.

    1. Thank you so much, Thompson. I’m very glad you enjoyed my poem. I’m sorry I haven’t replied to your kind email yet. I do intend to do so; I’m just incredibly busy at the moment. I haven’t forgotten about you, though, dear friend X

    1. Aww, thank you for such very kind words. I do feel that my readers are so very kind to me. The least I can do is to be my genuine self and give out my love to you all freely. You all matter to me so much. Since I started blogging regularly, my world has opened up. I love that I communicate with people near and also very far away. Much love to you, my friend. Xx 💐💖

      1. Your work and the way you share your thoughts is really nice Ellie!
        You deserve it all! Really happy to connect with you here on Wp! I’m fine and really wanna know about you too…❤

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