From My Pandemic Diary

Poem by Tomasz Rebeta

without any invitation an invisible guest
has invaded the very recesses of the mind
and it is digging into unwanted emotions
the spring has been dry as it happens lately
and this late-spring is sort of strange
the Market Square in a mask of the fog
looks more cautious than usual
angels disinfect their feathers
there are no gloves as big as them
they lend each other masks
although it is strictly forbidden
woman in the supermarket may be smiling at me
but I can’t see it
we talk about the lottery
maybe this time
the dubious distance required
at the chemist, the lady pharmacist is carefully preparing my
she gazes warmly through the transparent shield
I push the door open with my elbow
and hop in the car
I am becoming used to the routine
mask gloves disinfection
and so I am learning my prescription for living
in such uncertain times
I have already planted tomatoes
the parsley has grown nicely
making my glasshouse look lively and green
the first wild strawberries have bloomed
it is now also allowed to enter the forest
that did not know it was closed

— Tomasz Rebeta (Jastrzębia, 03.05.2020), Trans. By P. Mierkowski

Tomasz Rebeta, one of the best know gestalt therapists, supervisor and psychotherapy teacher in Poland has been writing poetry for as long as he remembers, but only recently published his debut book Tak Sobie Rozmawiam. Written only last spring poem From My Pandemic Diary is yet to be published. As for his professional career, Tomasz firstly heard about Gestalt from his neighbour over 30 years ago and subsequently trained in psychotherapy in ITG in Kraków, where he later worked as a tutor until 2015. The founding member and long-term vice-president of Polish Society for Gestalt Psychotherapy (PTPG), he was also an editor-in-chief of the first magazine on Gestalt therapy in Poland titled simply GESTALT. More recently, Tomasz is a co-founder and trainer of the Warsaw Gestalt School and a supervisor in the Institute of Gestalt Training and Education (ITEG) in Rzeszów; he also regularly teaches in in France, Russia and at the Georgian National Gestalt Institute.

Affectionately referred to as The Head – this bronze sculpture by the Polish artist Igor Mitoraj that is shown on the photo above, can be found in Market Square of Kraków (Poland). It represents Eros Bendato (Eros Bound) – the dismembered head of Eros, the Greek god of love and desire lying on its side. The bandages covering Eros’s eyes and mouth depict the imprisoning of desires and ideas, but also the tension between the preservation of the civilised world and destructive forces of the id. In the time of COVID-19 pandemic, The Head acquired another layer of meaning after the locals provided it with the face mask.

UKAGP Newsletter – Spring 2021Art & Poetry
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