Friday, September 18, 2009

A Visual Interpretation of my Poem

I received an email earlier this week that really touched me. A woman named Michelle wrote to say that she was moved by the poem I had posted on my blog (called Waiting from Within). She had taken the poem and set it to images and music, and wanted to share it with me and get my approval to post on youtube. I was floored! I never would have dreamed someone would be moved enough to use my words in such a way. It's a wonderful video, and I think she does a great job at capturing the essence of what I was trying to convey. I wanted to share it with all of you, and hope you enjoy it.


  1. wow! profoundly moving, even after 5 or 6 viewings. the imagery adds a whole new poetic dimension to it. i love that picture with the person jumping up so enthusiastically at the beach. i can imagine the day i am healed and can see myself jumping up in a moment of pure exhilaration like that.

    anyway, this poem and its imagery of course reflect much tragic sadness, but what far exceeds that is the strength, the hope, the spirit that is so obviously within you. that really inspires me.

    your day of release will come soon. your days of waiting will be over. i just know it....

  2. I've only been mostly bedridden for about a year. I still can be up for 2 to 5 minutes sometimes.

    This is beautiful and I relate, but it's also very scary for me. I keep hoping that the trajectory I'm on will change.

    I don't have a diagnosis, but I'm not sure that matters.

    thanks for sharing your spirit with us.

  3. Thanks so much Jim. So sweet, as always. I love that photo of the person jumping for joy at the beach as well -- exactly how I picture my freedom. :) Hopefully that same amazing liberation will come for us both (and all of us with this illness) SOON.

    Monicajane -- this illness can be very scary, but please don't think just because I've been bedridden so long that you will be too. Lots of people go through stages of being bedbound, and end up bouncing back to their previous levels. Hang in there! Thanks for your kind comments. :)

  4. Laurel,
    you are kind to support me. I hope that you too will find your way back to health.

  5. Laurel this is beautiful...I have goosebumps and tears. What a deeply moving and telling poem about what it feels like to have ME/CFS and to watch the world through our windows. How profoundly Michelle expressed your words through pictures and music.

    Thank you Laurel for visiting my blog so I could find yours. My last post mentioned the beetle infestation of forests in the West as a metaphor for chronic illness. On your video is a picture of a mountain peak that is the peak that overlooks our favorite lake in all the world...this lake is one that is surrounded by sick trees. When I saw it on the felt synchronistic.

    What a beautiful blog! Kerry

  6. Wow, Kerry -- that IS synchronistic about the trees and the photo in the video! Seems our paths were meant to cross today. :-) Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for all your compliments. I enjoyed your reply to my comment on your blog as well -- lots of things that I really needed to hear today. :)

  7. This is great, Laurel (and Michelle). Beyond the poem and video themselves, which were moving, I loved the story of how the video came about. That made me grin. It also inspired a post of my own (linking back to yours, natch), about why the Internet is cool. :)

  8. Thanks, Laurel and Michelle, for a very moving expression of what we go through as bedbound people.

    I hope I pass the word verification. Lately I've been failing them, which adds another disability to the laundry list I already have. ;-)

  9. Thanks Cinderkeys -- loved your post! And thanks Rebecca... you passed the word verification test! Those can be tough -- especially when they clump them so close together you can't even make out a single letter. :)

  10. Laurel
    This was so beautiful to watch and your poem is wonderful. So glad it was put to music and the! a true tribute to your battle with CFS/ME
    Sending gentle hugs today for healing.

  11. Thanks for such kind words Renee. Could really use those healing hugs today, too. :)

  12. A moving poem/video. What a talented pair you two are!