Poetry, picture and art contest continues

Do you ever have trouble sleeping? Some people have spoken of how they have been dreaming more intensely the last few months, or else waking up during the night and not able to get back to sleep.

Earlier this week British poet Ruth Padel, great-great-granddaughter of the naturalist and biologist Charles Darwin, published a poem called ‘Night singing in a time of plague‘.​ It begins as follows:

Can’t you sleep either? After a dark year,
many old friends gone, I thought I heard you sing
outside the window
inches from my ear. Who are you singing for
this time of night? Did I dream you?

In the poem, the speaker is awake but dreams of places they would like to be. The poem was written to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of John Keats, the British poet who died when he was only 25 years old but left us with beautiful poems such us ‘Ode to a Nightingale‘.

Maybe these poems inspire you to write about the nighttime, as winter turns to spring? Keep sending your poetic and artistic contributions to sally.wyatt@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

We have experienced extreme changes in the weather in recent weeks. Here is a photo taken by Luana Russo during one of her daily walks:

Paul is still willing to offer a poetry writing workshop. If you are interested, please let him know at p.stephenson@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

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