What do I have to share with you, a framed picture of my cat?
The tree whose branches form a highway and cover up the sky?
Where each minute seems to speed the clock and shorten every week?

Would you like to watch the birds that come to feed outside my window?
The squirrel who carries off bananas like a football player on the field?
Or how my morning crystals paint, bright rainbows on my walls and face?

Feel free to sit with me awhile and hear the rhythms of the day,
The traffic slowly winding down the hill, all going to somewhere far away.
I love the smell of coffee, do you,? hot and freshly ground and brewed.

My life too, is winding down, I spend these last days in this sunny room.
I used to go here and there, do this and that but these four walls are now what’s left.
I have a tin of oatmeal cookies, would you care to have one or two. to take with you?

Karima Hoisan
October 16, 2020
Costa Rica

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9 Responses to Shut-in

  1. daleinnis says:

    Owch, poignant indeed! For all of us in these shut-in times, and for each of us ultimately when we reach that point. You are so good at capturing universal but personal ideas and emotions, in simple lovely words.

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  2. Beautiful so describes today’s life not just the elderly but also the young, The P word has created too many barriers and recluses. Everyone is cut off. Blessings

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  3. Samreen Asad says:

    Very fervently described Karima. ❤️ Today we are so engrossed in our own little world to make it big that we have forgotten who we are leaving behind of us, friends, parents, loved ones. All in this dire need to achieve more and more and at last left with nothing. Love your writings my dear, deep and meaningful 😊🤗 Happy Sunday!! 💖🌺

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  4. Hoyt says:

    Wow! Powerful Ruca! This speaks to a universal population of folks who were once vibrant, relevant, and impactful part of their communities world wide. And now their lives are “winding down” and they are left with their four walls, their thoughts, and their memories. Thank you for always speaking up for the marginalized ones.

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  5. Thank you Ruco, and the song you sent, “Hello in There” is sadly perfect too. There but for the grace of god, go anyone of us… Hopefully, we will still be able to keep them interested, if they do come to visit;) Thank you Hoyt for being such a loyal friend and a “fan” of my poetry for so many years:) ❤️


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