Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Recovery/Healing

"And someday . . .
If the darkness knocks on your door
Remember her, remember me
We will be running as we have before
Running for answers, running for more"


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Midweek Motif ~ 
Recovery/Healing

It will surprise no one that my first motif after back surgery is Recovery.  My lumbar spine is now fusedfour of the five vertebraeand the pain in my legs is GONE!   Thank you, thank you for all your good wishes!  

I am particularly grateful to poet Michael Ryan who has given me permission to use his amazing poem "A Thank-You Note."


Life is precious.

I think about how precious when I look at the news of wars, refugees and broken environments; when I see marvelous new inventions and creative ideas about interacting with all living things; when friends heal into more life or sometimes into death.

Your Challenge is to write a poem 
that heals or has a motif of recovery. 

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A Thank-You Note

BY MICHAEL RYAN
                                                                                                          For John Skoyles
My daughter made drawings with the pens you sent,
line drawings that suggest the things they represent,
different from any drawings she — at ten — had done,
closer to real art, implying what the mind fills in.
For her mother she made a flower fragile on its stem;
for me, a lion, calm, contained, but not a handsome one.
She drew a lion for me once before, on a get-well card,
and wrote I must be brave even when it’s hard.
Such love is healing — as you know, my friend,
especially when it comes unbidden from our children
despite the flaws they see so vividly in us.
Who can love you as your child does?
Your son so ill, the brutal chemo, his looming loss
owning you now — yet you would be this generous
to think of my child. With the pens you sent
she has made I hope a healing instrument.
(Source: Poetry (July/August 2013), used with permission.)
Homework

BY ALLEN GINSBERG
Homage Kenneth Koch
If I were doing my Laundry I’d wash my dirty Iran
I’d throw in my United States, and pour on the Ivory Soap, scrub up Africa, put all the birds and elephants back in the jungle,
I’d wash the Amazon river and clean the oily Carib & Gulf of Mexico,   
Rub that smog off the North Pole, wipe up all the pipelines in Alaska,   
Rub a dub dub for Rocky Flats and Los Alamos, Flush that sparkly Cesium out of Love Canal
Rinse down the Acid Rain over the Parthenon & Sphinx, Drain Sludge out of the 
Mediterranean basin & make it azure again . . . 
(Read the rest HERE at the Poetry Foundation)

Motion Picture Footage From "An Inconvenient Truth"

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Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below
and visit others in the spirit of the community.

       (Next week Susan's Midweek Motif will be ~ Teacher, One who Teaches)

42 comments:

  1. Timely topic Susan. Have a friend I am real concerned with right now that got caught up in circumstances last week . Something from hos past that he and his family dealt with was leaked to the press and he is retreating from everyone in shame. my hope is healing for them.

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    1. Thank you, Mr. X, for your wonderful poem!

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  2. Susan, good to see you back! This definitely is an apt topic for your return. I look forward to reading some interesting poetry this week!

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    1. Already the variety and quality of response is amazing. What a treat for a hungry soul!

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  3. Welcome back and i hope all continues to heal - thank you for the prompt

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    1. You are very welcome! I look forward to your poem as always, Jae Rose.

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  4. Good morning, folks. I woke a little late, but I'm here and delighted! (I'm already writing another poem inspired by what I've read above.) Thank you for listening to one of my favorite singer/songwriters--rock 'n roll, of course. Have a great day!

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  5. Susan - we are so glad you are recovering well. No pain is soooo wonderful. Thanks for all you inspire in us.
    This was a timely prompt that can get to the core for each poet.

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    1. Thank you, Leslie, for this note and for going to the core!

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  6. Welcome back and interesting thoughts indeed. Greetings!

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  7. Hey everyone,

    Wooo hoooo :D Susan is back finally and I think I speak for all of us when I say that I have missed her soo much!! Sharing my poem "Recuperation" hope you all like it :D

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  8. Best wishes for your complete recovery and return to full health, Susan.
    My poem went to other places, rather dark I'm afraid.

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    1. Thank you Nicholas. The darkness of helplessness and anger expressed is important to healing as well, yes?

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  9. Yay! Susan is back, all healed. This is a wonderful prompt, Susan. Your words "sometimes healing into death" sparked my poem as I have a friend whose tether on the earth is slowly slipping. I work this morning and again this afternoon, so will make the rounds as I am able. Happy Wednesday everyone.

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    1. Thank you. I got that phrase from a a book by Stephen Levine which helped me go through a different surgery way back in the 1980s--his "Healing Into Life and Death."

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  10. Respected Dr Susan
    Welcome Back
    May you stay blessed with health wealth peace and happiness always amen.

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    1. Thank you for your prayers, Anjum, and for your amazing poem.

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  11. so glad to see you back Susan and with a wonderful and apt prompt....

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    1. I thank you, Sumana, and everyone who kept this feature going. Your poem today is mighty!

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  12. Hey Susan! Great to see you back after a long time. Thanks for the prompt. I was not well since the last couple of days and therefore, this motif was just perfect for me. Good to know that you are much better. Take care and have a great week ahead :)

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    1. I'm glad you are feeling better and that you shared this healing poem with us.

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  13. Welcome back,Susan ~ lovely to (virtually) see you! I've gone for something a little more technical...

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    1. Thank you, Claire! I have a trailing little finger guilty of hitting keys that delete and delete again--especially on my super fast tablet--but you have made me think of this problem on an whole other level.

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  14. Susan, so glad you had a successful surgery. Many prayers for easy, peaceful healing.

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    1. Thank you. It's been GREAT to see you so often lately! I love your interview with Sherry.

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  15. Hi Susan! I hope my words and the accompanying image will heal someone's sadness or depressed spirit today and tomorrow...thanks for the motif. I like it!

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    1. Thank you for posting, James. I am sure your poem will heal many people.

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  16. Good to have you back again. Hope you have made a full recovery. Thanks for the prompt.

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  17. Yes, lovely to have you back – and thanks for a great prompt. I have been enjoying all the wonderful poems in response.

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    1. PS Both the Melissa Etheridge songs are wonderful!

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  18. I'm traveling and will be back to read all your entries asap!

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  19. Hello!! Thank you, Susan and glad you're healing!

    I'll be working tomorrow and it is late so I'll catch up reading as I can!

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  20. Welcome back Susan, happy you are healing nicely

    much love...

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    1. Thank you, Gillena. Medicine has come a long way!

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  21. Welcome back, healthy and sound, what else to desire! Glad for you! The seeds of inspiration, beautiful poems and song! Hope to create some healing thoughts/words..Thank you.

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    1. Hope it's not too late. Blessings!

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    2. Not too late at all, Humbird!

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