Arthur puts poetry tools to good use in GP book

Arthur Cochrane
Arthur Cochrane

Local man Arthur Cochrane, also known as Budgie, has had one of his poems published in a book which provides inspiration, comfort and support to newly-qualified doctors.

Before leaving Hawick’s Teviot Medical Practice, Dr Lesley Morrison was closely involved in publishing the book which is called ‘Tools of the Trade’ and is dedicated to the late Dr Pat Manson.

Speaking to the Hawick News, Dr Morrison said: “Being a general practitioner is demanding and can be stressful. We have to look after others as well as ourselves.”

Many of the poems in the book have been published before, but Arthur Cochrane’s contribution, called Wars of Time, is especially poignant as it is about his mother’s fight with dementia.

And this week, Arthur, a keen photographer, poet and patient of Dr Morrison’s, who for years has struggled with low self-esteem and dyslexia, said: “My mother had dementia and the poem tells of how the roles reverse when you are caring for someone with the disease and the rollercoaster of emotions and unpredictability from someone you loved and respected.”