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Blood Lines Poem 23
Come in Sadness, leave your heavy shoes at the door
Here! Take my comfy slippers.
Thank you for your wilted flowers.
In a vase with sugared water, they will revive
and survive a few days more.
Go! Explore my house whilst I put on the kettle
Watch out for my friend, Courage, taking a bath
soaking in Sorrow, she will entice you
To share her space and may try to drown you,
the warm soapy water hiding bubbles from your mouth
Must you leave now? So soon you are on your way!
Courage and I like to waltz through each room
teaching each other dance steps around the furniture.
I will press your fading flowers to capture
Your brief, forgettable stay.
This is another poem inspired by my creative journaling sessions. We were discussing the poem “The Guest House” by Rumi. Yet somehow this poem ended up very different in feel - is it even a revenge poem? The emotions experienced throughout diagnosis, treatment, recovery, relapse are huge. Finding ways of acknowledging and accepting these, whilst trying to carry on with “normal” living is not always easy. Writing poetry helps me find a way.
Flynne’s Barn is a place where young people living with cancer can come together and find connection in beautiful surroundings and provides a range of immersive outdoor and creative experiences. I am sharing one poem per day during September 2022 to raise money for this charity. To DONATE, visit my GO FUND ME page. Many thanks.
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