Denton, Texas – Even a pandemic cannot stop the Hai Table poets of Good Samaritan Society – Denton Village.
When stay-at-home orders shut down their meeting place, the writers shared poems over email. Not all of their work is about the pandemic, but it has been a theme lately.
Now, they have assembled the COVID - themed poems into a new booklet titled Virtual Hai Table Verses and the Pandemic. The collection is an example of the kinds of creative opportunities that the location would like to offer to more residents.
Exploring new chapters in life
Donor support fuels diverse programs at Denton Village that give residents a chance to keep exploring new chapters in life, said Laura Wells, director of resource development.
“The arts give residents an opportunity to build community,” Wells said. “And a strong community builds a strong sense of well-being.”
That is certainly true for the poets featured in the latest collection. The group includes six residents who range in age from 70 to 90-plus years. Writing is helping them express both the funny and the frustrating parts of living through a pandemic.
“I isolated the pandemic-related poems as they somewhat reflect what we are now going through,” said Jeanne Baldridge, who serves as the group’s unofficial editor.