I recently spotted a competition on a rhyming website I sometimes use called Rhymezone. Enthralled by the challenge and not all all swayed by the ten $500 dollar prizes.The theme was community and in my poem I consideredthe changes wrought by technology and different lifestyles to traditional communities and the opportunities technology creates.
Community is obsolete
Community is obsolete
Downfall is almost complete
We don’t interact with neighbours
Making effort too much labour
Community is in demise
Causes we can analyse
In a modern world we spread our wings
Less interested in local surroundings
Community is out of date
Technology seals its fate
Interact more with our devices
Interpersonal skills never suffices
Community is not dead yet
Without its benefits we would regret
It’s collectivity does support
Its still alive we can retort
Community is about identity
It is not just locality
Opportunities with technology exist
Build online and communities persist
Community can stay alive
Common purpose helps them thrive
Social network can prevent isolation
Mutual support our destination
Community still has a place
In changing world and human race
Internet support groups for health condition
Strengthens resolve provides ammunition
Community is more diverse
It connections can traverse
Across borders, continents
Sharing thinking and kind intents
Community is our future
Even if joined by computer
We are all stronger when together
Live by sharing cast off the tether
I am lucky to be involved with several communities on line and I would like to take the opportunity to thank some of those responsible.The first community is catchily named The Young People with Parkinson’s in Cornwall( formerly known as YOPs). For years the local branches of Parkinson’s Uk had pondered the lack of involement of us Parkinson’s youngsters. To no avail until the arrival of Sue and John from the Midlands. Johnhad found the support of a local group in the Midlands to be just what he need to help him come to terms with his Parkinson’s. With his wife Sue a dynamo of perpetual motion able to take on more committee roles than most could contemplate theyset about creating a working age group here. They brought a lot of us here educated us and provided support networks that has evolved to a community organised around a Facebook page.
David Sangster another Parkinson’s community initiater took a different approach.He uused Google and Google hangouts to bring people with Parkinson’s.His group now not only Nationwide but also with participation outside the UK has emerged as a proactive and positive group. Both groups mentioned so far allow Parkinson’s People and partners to Network with people who understand, spreading knowledge and providing support.
Another lady of note is HeidiReynolds. Her Heidi Parkie Reynolds Facebook page promotes keeping Parkinson’s at bay by maintaining fitness with exercise, promotes health and blends it with positivity. Ray Wegrzyn who worked for 19 years after being dignosed(a reecord as far as I am awre) has started a charity Parkinson’s Equip a charity thatwill provide grants of funds to assist People with Parkinson’s take up sporting or creative pursuits which help so much in well being. Their website maybe found at http://parkinsonsequip.org.uk/parkinsonsequip/index.php
I will just again mention Rhymezone who prompted the inspiration for this blog.They lso have forums where you can post poetry and share it with others. It has a knowledgible, talented and welcoming community of poets. If you write poetry have a look.
If you like poetry please Email me on Jonbest13@gmail.com and arrange to buy a copy of the Cornish Moods Poetry book. Full details are in my previous blog.
So just to finish online communities with modern communication allow us to network like never before. So why not see if you can benefit, there is nothing to lose.