A Collection of Poetry
By Janet Qureshi
Key Themes: poetry, depression, positivity, mental health problems
‘Aspects of Life’ is a collection of poems based on my personal experiences. Perhaps the predominant mental health issue relating to my book is ‘creativity evolves from the depths of depression.’ The poems incorporate my strong belief in a Higher Power who invades my mind and enables me to turn Negatives into Positives. I believe poetry is for sharing and in my darkest days I was able to produce something for my family, friends and anyone else who loves creativity to remember me by. I hope the book will inspire people to be optimistic about mental health problems.
About the Author
Janet Qureshi was born in 1945. She had a twin brother but they were adopted separately. Her adopted mother died when she was 9 years old. She grew up as an only child, with an elderly father. Her Grandmother was a great source of strength to her until she died in 1971. Janet left high school with 3 A-levels. She studied nursing. She was married in 1969 and had a daughter in 1970. Janet was divorced from her alcoholic husband in 1974. Having suffered with a low self-esteem from childhood, her anxiety spiralled out of control. She remarried and divorced again. She worked in the retail business for 13 years until she had a stroke in 1993 – one year after the birth of her first grandchild. She then began writing poetry which she aptly called ‘Aspects of Life.’ She has been a Service User for several years and has been involved in various mental health activities. She is currently involved with Birmingham University to whom she is eternally grateful for the opportunities offered, including an opportunity to have her work published by ‘Chipmunka.’
TO AN UNBORN CHILD
How are you, little miracle of Creation?
We await your arrival with joy and trepidation
Are you male or female, healthy or sick?
We only know you by your tiny kick
What a wonder you are without a doubt
Growing continuously, whilst we are about
Our daily tasks and nightly rest
Truly, God above knows best
We hear your heart beat time to time
We feel your movements in perfect rhyme
We pray for you, sweet love of our life
That you will be free from trouble and strife
We waited long for this precious gift
We pray that you will heal the rift
That spoils our lives and makes us sad
Come and make the whole world glad
Precious child may you grow in Grace
And be an asset to our race
We humbly wait for nature’s course
To reveal a life from a hidden source
This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 11 August, 2010.