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  1. badger11
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    By badger11,

    I have two poems appearing here...

     

    http://poetrypacific.blogspot.com/2018/11/2-poems-by-phil-wood.html

     

    all the best

     

    Phil

     

     

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    YarnSpinner
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    By YarnSpinner,

    To all who may have wondered. 

    During the past 3 years I have had to make many changes in my life, as to what was of most importance to me. Being in my 26th year of retirement, this should not have been much of a problem.

    (1) Writing  was a top priority which I wanted to to be able to do at will;  

    (2) Creating graphic illustrations...using the computer to do so, was high on my list,

    (3) sculpting, (carving in  Plaster-of-Paris) was demanding as well.

    For a short period of time, I managed, but then, into our lives came a family member who did not realize. he was plagued with T4 Terminal Cancer. During these 3 years past, his time for medical requirements were very demanding. Radiation and Chemo treatments and waiting for the treatments to take place, took up much travel time . After these treatments came a a waiting period for the results to indicate he could be a candidate for surgery. This too took place; he spent 8 1/2 hours "under the knife."

    During this same period of time my wife was discovered to have Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis. 5 fractures in lower spine-vertebrae were creating havoc. The pain could only be subdued with injections of Steroids and (for the lack of actual terminology) had a cementing solution injected into these fractures to prevent further damage. She still has 1 small fracture not treated. 

    At least 4 months went by and suddenly her back pains started up again...not in the same place as the past fractures which were treated.  This time it was farther up. Medicine was prescribed by our Doctor to the pharmacy we use. It was early in the morning; the pharmacy would have just opened. I could go pick them up and be home in 25 minutes. Fate has a way of creating new rules, and that did occur. I waited 45 minutes for the medications before returning home. 

    I called out to her to let her know I was back in the house; she had remained in bed to prevent anything further to happen while I was gone. I got no response. When I reached the bedside, she was staring at nothing at all, and could not respond to my waving my fingers back and forth before her; she could not talk as well. I immediately called Mobile Medical Response. Her temperature was 103 degrees. The small amount of time I may have had to wait longer for  her prescriptions, could have cost her ...her life. 

    She reached the hospital in time for treatment to restore her to a more normal level. The next 4 days passed before a blood infection specialist discovered she was loaded with Kidney stones which blocked the blood from flowing into the kidney.  The kidney was swollen and the infection she had, was  backing up into her system. Thus her shut down was in progress, when I came home. Once the problem was discovered she was taken to surgery and with Electropathy...  the stones were broken to the point they could be flushed from her  kidney. She spent a week in the hospital and then transferred to a rehab center where she is making a fine recovery. I thank the GOOD LORD for that, as well as the Doctor, Technicians and Specialist who discovered her problem.

    Finally...this week,  my youngest daughter required my intervention to see she got through a very similar situation as that which my wife recovers from. She too was overcome by kidney stones blocking the urinary track. Fortunately hers was discovered in shorter period of time and she to went under the same sort of surgery as my wife. Today I returned her to her  home from the hospital.

    NOW...One oft times wonders what triggers the mind to write poetry. Even though I did what was necessary to get medical aid to my wife as quickly as possibly; words were pounding inside my head,  but not in logical order. Sentences were at random as well. I knew something was going on which I had to put on paper. I am grateful and thankful my wife is still with me. However had she expired, I would have written this poem anyway.


    My Dearest - My Loved One

    Many years have passed
    Filled with happiness and woe;
    The good LORD called to her,
    It was time to go.

    I held her hand -
    She tried hard to stay,
    Her grip slowly loosened,
    As she slipped away.

    She was sleeping now,
    There’s a smile upon her face.
    All the worries she had,
    Have slowly been erased.

    She was my wife-
    To cherish and to love;
    Her spirit now journeyed
    To a better place above.

    Dear LORD...       she’s coming-
    She looked forward to this day,
    To be welcomed to your Kingdom
    Where forever she will stay.

    YarnSpinner
    10/16/’18

    I do not know how soon...I well return again to this Writer's Sanctuary, but I felt the need to explain why the passing of time, and no participation.

    Be well my friends and may you keep on writing.

    YarnSpinner

     

  3. In preparation for April, National Poetry Month, I ran across an article at Poet's.org that gave 30 things to do for the month of April.   I modified the list and whittled it down to 15 ideas.  Although if you click on the link you can see all 30.

    15 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

    1. Sign up for Poem-a-Day and read a poem each morning.
    2. Memorize a poem.
    3. Create an anthology of your favorite poems and post one a day under A Poem I Read Today with a short commentary from you. We already have a nice collection here. I'd love to see more of what you all read.
    4. Buy a book of poetry from your local bookstore. Let's financially support poets we love to read.
    5. Learn more about poets and poetry events in your state or province.
    6. Attend a poetry reading at a local university, bookstore, cafe, or library. I've never done this, it always seemed highbrow but I think I will seek one out.
    7. Read a poem at an open mic. It’s a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local poetry writing community. I've never done this either and I don't intend to start now.. But for someone out there . . .
    8. Start a poetry reading group. Or join the members of this group in reading and sharing published poems we've read.
    9. Write an exquisite corpse poem with friends.
    10. Chalk a poem on the sidewalk. I have some sidewalk chalk I think I'll do this with maybe a haiku.
    11. Deepen your daily experience by reading Edward Hirsch’s essay “How to Read a Poem.”
    12. Read about different poetic forms right here at PMO.
    13. Subscribe to American Poets magazine or a small press poetry journal.
    14. Read Allen Ginsberg’s classic essay about Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.”
    15. Join me in writing a poem each day of April and post it here at PMO.

    IT is number 15 that I have already committed to do. It would be fun to see other's join me. I did it once before a few years ago and I actually produced a couple of decent poems from the exercise. So schedule your time to fit in a few minutes of writing each day and join me in celebrating National Poetry Month with a new poem everyday. I was thinking how could I do this without clogging up the page of new poems. I've decided to keep the poems all in one thread, adding a new poem each day as a reply. The thread won't be broken if someone chooses to add a reply to my thread. I would welcome comments. So get ready, April is only 8 days away. ~~Tink

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