April 19, 2008
It was about this time that Hannah brought home a school assignment she had completed. The assignment was to compile a poetry anthology. I knew she had been working on it for awhile, but I had not seen it until it was graded and returned to her.
Here's what she wrote on the introductory page:
"When collecting my poems for this anthology, I really focused on the poems that connected to me on a personal level. I chose poems that made me think, "Wow, this is an incredible poem, and I can really relate to it." Whether they be about God, my family, battling cancer, or living life, they all struck a certain chord with me.
My favorite poem in this collection is "Nothing Gold Can Stay" because it was the first poem I can remember loving. I connect to it because I don't want to grow up sometimes, and the poem is about losing innocence. There is a poem about each member of my family. I wanted to include family poems because I believe that I have the best family in the world. A good number of my poems deal with God. I decided to share those poems because God is the number one priority in my life, and I can definitely connect with poems about Him. My addition of poems relating to cancer is a topic that I would not have dealt with a month ago. It was good for me to read poems about cancer, and I added the ones with which I felt the most connected."
Over the next couple of days, I'd like to share a few of the poems she included in her anthology. There is such a poignancy in seeing the poems she chose.
"The Day I Found Out"
by Catherine Solomon
The doctor walked in
her eyes stuck on the floor
I squeezed my mom's hand
because I had no idea what was in store.
Mom looked and said, "Listen baby, she's got something to say.
Just hold my hand tight; everything will be okay."
She said, "Now what I'm going to say isn't as bad as it sounds,
but this tumor, this infection, is more than profound."
I still didn't get it. I didn't know what to say.
Nothing hit me more than when the word cancer came my way.
"I Asked For"
I asked for strength
and God gave me difficulties.
I asked for wisdom
and God gave me problems to solve.
I asked for prosperity
and God gave me brawn and a brain to work.
I asked for courage
and God gave me dangers to overcome.
I asked for patience
and God placed me in a situation where I was forced to wait.
I asked for love
and God gave me troubled people to help.
I asked for favors
and God gave me opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted.
I received everything I asked for.
MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED
"How Do I Feel?"
by Susan Patford
Some days ... I'm not sure
how I feel ...
I feel confused.
Some days ... I feel great.
Some days ... I feel tired.
Some days ... I am energized.
Some days ... I am scared.
Some days ... I cry
... but I never wonder why.
Most days I wonder
just what my purpose is.
Most days ... I am happy
and most days I giggle.
All days ... I am blessed.
All days ... I am thankful.
All days ... I feel like living.