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Poetry book to benefit CFS charities

Monday 30 November 2009

PenThe Life As We Know It blog reports on Lois Owen and her poetry:

A former Eldwick resident, Lois Owen, who died earlier this year aged 34, left behind numerous paintings, poems and writings. Her draft text of a book dedicated to improving the quality of life for those confined to their beds or housebound due to illness or disability is in the process of being edited.

However, a selection of her poems has already been produced. Poems range in mood, subject and structure and something of Lois' creativity, exuberance, compassion and faith, as well as her anguish and suffering, can be evidenced in this selection.

The booklet of poems costs £2.50 and all proceeds will be divided between three charities:

M.E. Research UK which funds biomedical investigation into the causes, consequences and treatment of M.E./C.F.S.;

Action for M.E. which provides information and support for M.E. sufferers and campaigns for more research, better treatments and greater understanding of M.E.;

25% ME Group which is a support group for severely affected M.E. sufferers and of which Lois was a member.

Lois battled with a severe form of M.E. for over 19 years. The initials M.E. stand for 'myalgic encephalomyelitis' but the
illness is more accurately termed 'myalgic encephalopathy' (muscle pain and abnormality of brain function).

Despite her disability, Lois gained a First Class Honours degree at the University of Derby and established the first
therapeutic arts service for disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Derby called Arts in Action.

Anyone wishing to obtain a copy of the booklet of poems can do so by ringing (01274) 770797.

(TK: That's the number for UK residents; for outside the UK, it's +44 1274 770797 e.g. in some countries, one would dial 0044 1274 770797 and from the US, 011 44 1274 770797)

On Baildon Moor in 1994

Take me high upon a hill
Where cows stand and sway
Ignorant and silent,
Where the wind hushes and rushes
Wildly through my hair,
And I let it.

Take me high upon a hill
Where the grass grows terse and brown
And the air is young
And the landscape lies stark and lone.
There I'll find a place
Of solitude.

Take me high upon a hill
Where white ponies gallop slow,
Like a dream below,
Where the drones that come and go
Do not enter my world.
I do not care.

Take me high upon a hill,
Up Spring Lane, not far,
To rouse my senses and lull my mind,
From where I left my sorrows
Far behind.

The above article originally appeared in the The Eldwick Village Society Newsletter (September 2009).



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