Guest Poets – Katie Haigh

Katie Haigh was born on the 29th August 1981. She is from Heywood, Lancashire.

Although Katie has struggled with a range of physical and mental health problems as well as dyslexia since her early teenage years, she has managed to cope with raising a family. She has had several small publications as well as a small book published with Chipmunka publishing called Pride and Prejudice, which is poetry on the theme of physical and mental disabilities. Katie has performed her poetry at various open mics and festivals. She has also run writing workshops at some of the local writing groups which she attends on a regular basic. Katie using writing as an outlet and finds it helps her cope with her chronic illness.

PANDEMIC. In Isolation  

I’m scared,

I’m worried,

My anxieties peaked.

I know it’s for the best,

‘Keep Calm and Carry on’

I know some generations,

Have faced much worse.

It’s not like their sending us to war,

We only have to stay at home.

I’m chronically ill,

My mental health is at risk.

Breaking my routine,

So in chaos I have to live.

I’ve built a support network,

A routine that works for me.

Having rest when needed,

While still fulfilling social needs.

Social needs aren’t important right now,

I know that’s the truth.

But my mind is at war,

My nerves are on edge.

I want to be with my family and friends.

I desperately want to hold them tight.

I want to go to my writing groups,

Be a leader on Brownies nights.

I want my normality, 

My everyday flow.

Yet I know it cannot be,

I have to stay at home.

Protecting vulnerable loved ones,

For them I worry everyday.

I know I am lucky.

At least I have family,

With whom I live.

I feel for those completely alone,

In isolation for months.

With no company,

Totally alone.

Only communication,

Through screen or phone.

The future is uncertain,

No one knows how long it’ll last.

We’ll have to try our best,

Get through the coming months.

I hope it ends soon,

Then we can go back to normal life.

But in the meantime,

Don’t panic and be kind.

By Katie Haigh

©K.Haigh 18/03/2020

The lovely Katie Haigh

1 Comment

  1. Thank you so much Katie for being on my blog. As you did not send me a photo, I hope you don’t mind but I got this one off Facebook. You look lovely in this one.


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