Poetry through the Pandemic: Geanene Anderson
In times of uncertainty and anxiety, people seek to explore their artistic character in order to organize chaotic thoughts or release unearthed emotion. Local 338 retiree, Ms. Geanene Anderson often expresses herself through visual art or written poetry. She finds artistic expression to be a necessary step in exploring and navigating through life. Ms. Anderson has lived an exciting and full life, brimming with beauty and compassion which she has transformed into art wherever possible.
Ms. Anderson began her career with Local 338 in 2002 while working for Stop & Shop in Merrick. She later began to work as a substitute teacher and home health aide. She fondly remembers her time as a cashier, greeting customers and interacting with her community whenever possible. Ms. Anderson connects and relates deeply with her home health aides, living in her Kentucky retirement community.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Ms. Anderson sought to express her appreciation to the frontline heroes working in the facility through a poem she entitled “Clinton Place – COVID-19”.
“You have given me my life
amid the Corona Virus strife
You have sheltered me
While the virus roamed free
You had fed and clothed me
And taken care of my needs
Whatever they may be
Your nurses and aides have met
At many group meetings they spent
Discussing which actions to take
So that the residents may never ache
Some of the residents don’t do as told
They don’t realize they are sheltered from the cold
Some of the most intelligent people in the world
Are discussing strategies against the virus in which we were hurled
I believed the best telecommunications we have
Are helping most people’s lives to save
So many people around the globe are affected
The residents here are lucky they are not afflicted”
“Clinton Place – COVID-19” is dedicated to Trella Wilson, the Administrator to the Clinton Place facility. Ms. Anderson continues to express her praise and appreciation to essential workers across America through her beautiful art. Local 338 is proud and honored to have represented Ms. Anderson throughout her career, and we will always be there to support her whenever possible. Thank you, Ms. Anderson and stay safe.