Happy Poetry Friday! Welcome, everyone! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
Also, Poetry Friends who have seen our Poetry Princesses/Poetry Sisters/Poetry 7 posts for many years — After more than a decade of writing together and several years of monthly assignments, we wondered if any of you might like to play along? Here’s what we propose: Once we agree to our poetic prompts and calendar, we’ll share them with you and invite you to write and share, too. We’ll remind you once a month or so (via our various social media megaphones) and you’re welcome to tag us (or not) when you post. Now, to that end, here’s what’s cooking for June, posting on the last Friday of the month: theme is susurrus, or an image of thick woods, whatever form we wish! Join us?
Now, back to this month, our Poetry Princess challenge was: hindsight again — pick one of your old poems to revise and/or write a new poem in conversation with it…
Anyway, I am feeling wrung out and I thought maybe a found poem might be something I could handle this week. My sister is still in ICU in Florida, on a respirator and in critical condition. As I write this post on Wednesday, she has been there for 10 days. She is unconscious, and huge medical issues/threats continue. It is so hard to think of her, so far away, in great pain in the moments she surfaces, immediately sedated again, etc.
So, I suppose I wrote this to comfort myself, imagining somehow that it please can’t be as horrible as it sounds. I took a poem I wrote years ago for another Poetry Princesses challenge, Statues in the Park. And I found a poem inside it that shows what I hope my sister’s experience is like. I chose certain lines that resonated with her specific medical struggles, though maybe they don’t make much sense as a whole. Oh, well. I imagined her having surreal and lovely dreams and then saying good-bye to them and coming back to the conscious world. Like I said, a comfort for me more than any semblance of reality.
Here’s that initial poem that I found this one in.
I’m looking forward to seeing what my Poetry Sisters have come up with–right along with you guys!
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Mary Lee Hahn, giant-hearted teacher, poet, and human, is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week. Please visit!