14 Replies to “in quest (haiga)”

  1. You are so creative with your words…… I have tried to write Haiku (school assignment) before, and it is seriously somewhat difficult to stick to the form of the Haiku.

    I liked this one…….I can almost see notes in the air as the hymns rise with the sun. That’s very peaceful…..

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      1. Always listening to great music 🙂 They say it helps with depression. I read that somewhere. Maybe it was the article on Seasonal Affective Disorder which I am NOT going to experience this year come hell or high water. I get it every year.

        Doing as well as can be expected with the Holidays coming up. My doctor put me back on anti-depressants just for the Holiday season. So, pretty much just grooving along waiting for the outcome of my medical review of my disability benefits ( a little anxiety provoking). If they are denied, I can always appeal. If they are approved, I can do a happy dance 🙂

        I hope you are well, too. Keep writing, especially since you have the creativity “gene” and can actually write poetry 🙂

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      2. Thanks, I never thought I could write much poetry until I started for fun and the encouragement here is amazing. Btw, I watch a documentary on Netflix (Im sure it is on Youtube) Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory; I wept for it is so true…when I visit my mom with dementia, if I play her oldies music, she comes awake…this is a beautiful segment on awakening those with dementia but they also show how it awakens those with mental health conditions. A true must see:) Good luck on the disability ..crossing fingers, eyes, toes and arms…well, maybe not the toes.

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      3. I think I will look up that documentary. It sounds interesting. That is interesting that your mom responds to the music of her era. Does she become lucid when you play her music? I am curious because my father’s mother was a manic depressive with Alzheimer’s (there’s a combination for you), and she had periods of lucidity, and had I been more interested in mental health while she was alive, I would have wondered what triggered those moments. It was terribly sad. She was so brilliant; she had a master’s in Math from USC (a very prominent university here), and she was an amazing painter.

        Some research on music has hinted that listening to classical music will momentarily raise your IQ. I know as I cycle through my day, the music changes with me. I start with something like the Beatles (Dear Prudence is a favorite morning song), then switch into Electronica or House music, then it’s into hard rock, and lastly, by nightfall, I have cycled into classical. The music seems to follow my mood patterns, or maybe vice versa.

        I am sorry to hear of your mother. It is a hard thing to watch someone you love slip away like that because you remember them so clearly, and they often won’t recognize friends and family.

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      4. My mother seems to feel in familiar surroundings and tries to sing along (although she has a hard time speaking now) she has not known me in a while…but if I sing and touch her, there seems some recognition. Do watch the documentary, there is one woman who has Bipolar as well and she is lovely to see her respond to the music…get tissues you will weep with joy.

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      5. My grandmother stopped knowing who I was when I was about 20. She thought I looked just like her little granddaughter who must have been about 7. She thought her son (my father) was her husband, and was very pleased to have such a handsome husband. It was difficult, and, oddly at times, endearing. She remembered everything from the distant past (we’re talking the 20’s here), but nothing from the previous hour.

        It is a hard thing to deal with. I have thought on this subject many times until my brain hurt, and finally have come to the conclusion that I would rather my body go out on me than my mind (although you don’t know that you are slipping). But, I live so much in my head, and have for years that it would be like losing an old friend.

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      6. I worry about that too. My grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s is the same grandmother who had manic depression which I do have. Although, I do understand that genetic markers predispose you to certain diseases, and you may or may not acquire them.

        I have my fingers crossed that I will be more like my other grandmother who was sharp as a tack until she went to sleep one night (assisted by medication to make her comfortable, of course), and that was that.

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  2. Your haiku is so very lovely. And I read through the comments with interest–and sadness for your mom’s condition. I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you. I, too, will check out the video/documentary you mentioned–it sounds wonderful.

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    1. thanks so much for your kind words. I purchased many oldies for my mother but in the past year they have almost all been removed. I put the radio on a jazz channel and she does react to it. But it is putting a headset on her that would have been best as I saw on that show. One woman was silent in a vegetated state for 8 years and it changed her!

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