As many of you who know me already know, my father received a diagnosis of advanced kidney cancer in January of 2008 and passed away in August of that same year. My journey with grief and loss has been great and one of my profound healers has been poetry. The brevity, the potency and importance of each word, the distillation of emotion — these are all aspects to poetry writing that have been healing for me.
For this “Poetry Friday” I bring you a poem I wrote almost two years ago called “Hope Transfusion.” It’s one of a few poems I’ve written about my father and one I hope to be part of a larger collection some day. Instead of posting the poem here, I have opted to stretch my introverted limits a bit and record a video of my reading the poem. This is for my father. This is also for all of you who have either given or received a hope transfusion.