From inside the ‘Cocoon’ – Sorrow

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I have just had a long conversation with a friend. This is a friend of many decades, of similar age, who is also inside the ‘cocoon’ in a different part of the country. We had a long chat for over an hour, at the end of which, and out of the blue, came the revelation:

”I burst into tears without any warning and weep uncontrollably for 10 or 15 minutes – every – single -day.

For all that has been,

For a lifetime of loss – of family, of friends.

For all that we may never know’

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I answered truthfully –

So ….Do ….I

I wonder how many silent tearful ‘cocoons ‘ are there up and down the country?

I am reminded of lines by W.B Yeats in ‘The Stolen Child’

Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you
can understand.”

Younger generations in particular and many more, will not understand.


Here in Ireland, everyone who is compromised by health issues and those aged over 70 must stay at home during the Covid-19 Pandemic with food and medication being delivered by family members or teams of volunteers. This is called ‘Cocooning’ and this is a series posts from inside the cocoon.



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7 responses to “From inside the ‘Cocoon’ – Sorrow

  1. I’m sure there are many others feeling the same… we have to reassure ourselves that this time will pass… ❤

  2. It can all feel overwhelming and if you’re on your own. Sad 😦 x

  3. sarthure

    From my cocoon in Australia to yours in Ireland, love and solidarity. Susan

  4. It must be unimaginably hard not to go out at all not even for a walk. It certainly seems that life will be very different for some time to come. Sending you love from Perth X

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