d’Verse — OLN — hollow dings (sijo)

A nurse holds a newborn baby wearing a face shield in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19, at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok, on April 9, 2020.

a woman in labor before gathered
     two support clumps —
one hovering, warm, within her reach;
     one outside, passing the whisky
she has one ninja love grain;
     our text message dings ring hollow

Image info:  A nurse holds a newborn baby wearing a face shield in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19 at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok, on April 9, 2020. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images

Sijo form is 3 lines, but the formatting in this made me break them up into 2 lines for each line.

Inspired by Peter’s poems written in Sijo form, I decided to try and write one about my daughter in-law’s giving birth to my first grandchild this week. My son was the only person allowed to be there with her through it and no visitors allowed at the hospital at all aside from him. The new baby girl, the first grandchild on both sides of the family, is yet to be met by any of us.

Sanaa is today’s host at dVerse’ Open Link Night.

61 Comments Add yours

  1. Ali Grimshaw says:

    Birth of a new life. It makes me smile with the new possibilities.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Ali 🙂

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  2. So exciting, Lisa! Mazal tov!!!

    ❤ ❤ ❤
    David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, David! I’m aglow with gramma pride 🙂

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  3. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    I am unfamiliar with the Sijo form, but yo\ur poem spreads its arms wide within the brevity of the form. Your message is clarion and sweet.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glenn, follow that link to Peter’s poem. He has a link to the form instructions (and you get to see his stellar examples of it!) Thanks for the kind words, my friend.

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  4. sanaarizvi says:

    This is incredibly potent, Lisa! And fabulous execution of the Sijo form. 💖💖

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sanaa!

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  5. memadtwo says:

    However it happened it’s good news! (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it is. And she is the most healthy, beautiful little girl you’ve ever seen ❤

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      1. memadtwo says:

        I’m sure she is!

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  6. Dora says:

    Lisa, Warmest congratulations! Good news is good news even in these hard times. She is just gorgeous ‘n sweet as apple pie! I can tell. 🥰 Best wishes to her parents.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dora, thank you! The image isn’t of her and her mom, but the baby in this picture is about as adorable as adorable can get ❤

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    2. msjadeli says:

      p.s. Thank you on the well-wishing. I will let them know 🙂

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  7. Congrats on your grand daughter, Lisa, such beautiful news, especially in these crazy times!😀

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Christian! 🙂 Life goes on…

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  8. Sadje says:

    How wonderful Li! Not being able to meet is tough, and I agree that sending messages seems inadequate, but soon you’ll be able to meet your granddaughter! 💖

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for the encouraging thoughts, Sadje ❤

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome! ❤️

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  9. rothpoetry says:

    Interesting Lisa. Covid has taken us back to the days when my boys were born. I was not allow in to be a part of the delivery back then.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m sorry if you were denied that privilege. The main thing is everybody got through it. I was talking with my son tonight on the phone and he said some of the nurses stepped up into those places, even if they are desperately short-staffed with nurses. God is merciful ❤

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        I am glad everything worked out for your daughter-in-law!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          After 36 hours of labor they finally did a C-section on her. She is recovering nicely.

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          1. rothpoetry says:

            Wonderful! That is a really long labor!!

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  10. rothpoetry says:

    Congratulations on your new grandbaby! In time you will connect!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’ve got a big red circle around May 1. It will be the longest 2 weeks of my life!

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        I am sure it will! :>)

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  11. Congratulations on your new grandchild. ❤❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Jennifer ❤

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  12. Carol anne says:

    that is really lovely! ❤ ❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much 🙂

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  13. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Congrats again Lisa! How does it feel? I can’t imagine!
    That is such a sad but happy picture…it should not be that way (the masks) but that is where we are…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Max! It felt good talking with my son this afternoon and he didn’t sound super stressed out. Things are smoothing out. I agree on that picture isn’t that a cute baby.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Yes it is…I’m so happy for you Lisa…something wonderful and positive in this time we are in.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Just got back from my 2nd vax. So far so good!

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            Good! I can schedule mine now…

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            1. msjadeli says:

              🙂 I would avoid J&J (the one-shot.) They’ve suspended giving in MI for some reason…

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              1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                Oh yea blood clots

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                1. msjadeli says:

                  😦 I didn’t know why but so glad that isn’t the one they offered me!

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                  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                    I am also.

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  14. Reena Saxena says:

    Congratulations!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Reena 🙂 ❤

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  15. kim881 says:

    Congratulations on the new grandchild, Lisa, and welcome to the grandmother club! I hope you get to meet her soon.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Kim. In my 60s to finally be a grandma!

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  16. Ingrid says:

    Congratulations on becoming a grandmother! How I love the phrase ‘ninja love grain’ – I do hope you get to meet her soon also!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much, Ingrid. I *just* got my 2nd covid vax this morning, so May 1 is the safe date 🙂

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      1. Ingrid says:

        Not too long to wait then!

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  17. Xan says:

    Congratulations! May you meet her soon!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you 🙂 May 1 is the day.

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  18. robtkistner says:

    That is the unfortunate reality of COVID. 😕 but a hearty congratulations to you Lisa. I was blessed with my one and only grandchild 7 years ago, my grandson. He brings me surprise and joy everyday. Never heard of this form, but I enjoyed your piece here, well written.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Rob.

      You are blessed, especially living in the same household as he is. It’s only a couple of weeks before I can see her but but I’ve been deprived of the whole pregnancy sharing, baby showers, kibbutzing also. A couple more weeks…

      The sijo turned out ok for a first try but it’s a challenging form and it doesn’t look tidy on the page the way it is.

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  19. calmkate says:

    congrats Lisa, how exciting but such a beggar you can’t be there to see her! You nailed the format and the pic says so much …

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kate thank you. Haven’t seen you in a few days. Been on vaca? Or maybe I’ve been on mental vaca 😉

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      1. calmkate says:

        no took a few weeks out for retreat, that’s what a meditator does 🙂

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Ah! Good for you.

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  20. I hope that soon we will able to catch up with everything we have missed during this year, and it is a good thing that some things still go as normal

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I do also. Last night we (both sons, their partners, and M (the baby) had a “zoom” meeting of sorts (video on computer and voice via phone) but I was able to see her. Thank god for nature that “goes as normal.” It’s a saving grace.

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  21. kaykuala h says:

    our text message dings ring hollow

    To think that these days texting is most convenient. But to show physical presence gives the strength of purpose to the occasion. A good close Jade!

    Hank

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Hank, thank you. Real beats virtual every time.

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