Poetry Friday: Hope Transfusion

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.


About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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2 Responses to Poetry Friday: Hope Transfusion

  1. jillsalahub says:

    “a little fist inside with a fight song beat,” beautiful.

  2. Thank you, Jill. I know you have been the giver of many hope transfusions in your life.

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