This poem is for National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). The goal is to write a poem a day throughout the month of April.
After surgery, I spent several weeks in a rehabilitation hospital receiving physical therapy–ultimately very good for the body, but very painful! I find that it helps to give a literary form to my pain, memorializing my worst episodes as a poem. These poems tend to be very short, and either very dark or very hopeful–not much middle ground.
The PT continues, and so do my poetic efforts. I’m not sure either is particularly successful at this point, but I’m hopeful it will all be worthwhile.
You can find more resources for National Poetry Writing Month at the NaPoWriMo website.
Welcome the Dark
by Jan Brown
so welcome the dark
when light has failed you
be willing to ascend on angel’s wings
to your yearned-for destination
she will carry you there in a blithe but urgent rush
then brush off the snow and make you beautiful
as you stand before the gate