Did you know April is National Poetry Month?
I’ve always admired poets. They say so much in just a few words. I’m working on this myself, not the poetry so much, but trying to be less wordy in my writing when I can be.
For National Poetry Month, I’m sharing a poem.
The poem I’m sharing is one of my favorites. It was written by friend and fellow blogger, Lois Hjelmstad. Lois is the author of Fine Black Lines: Reflections on facing cancer, fear and loneliness. It’s a wonderful book. I highly recommend it.
I was fortunate enough to have Lois write a guest post a while back called Why I Did Not Choose Reconstruction. If you missed it, do check it out; it’s well worth a read.
The following poem by Lois is one of my absolute favorites because it says so much to me about forced positivity – a huge pet peeve of mine in Cancer Land.
Cancer or no cancer, I just know you’ll appreciate it too.
No Lifeguard on Duty
by Lois Hjelmstad
It is difficult
when one is drowning
to wave to the people
one wants to be
friendly, of course,
but perhaps it is
Don’t you just love that?
I sure do.
Maybe someday I’ll tackle writing a poem or two myself!
Cancer or no cancer, have you ever felt like you were “drowning” due to too much “waving”?