National Poetry Month 2011 – In culmination of a month well read!

In culmination of a month well versed in poetry, our two poets today are Laura L Mays Hoopes and Laura Beasley

Driving Down the Mountains at Sunset

written by Laura L Mays Hoopes

And so the edge of night approaches
Lines the south side of peaks with golden glow
Draws a red line where the sun just disappeared
Along the mountains’ thrusts and plunges.

The blue on blue of peak beyond peak
No human lights to pull the eye from deepest violet
A white stone outcrop like a ship with sails
Spread wide to winds that whip the roadside weeds.

Cars and trucks turn on their lights,
Making chains of gold and red
That spiral around the valleys
Like necklaces and bracelets.

The sky inks over and loses its glow
And now the mountains are just shoulders
Blocking a few stars, a no-color, no-light place
Where grass and sage waft perfumes to moths.

‘Til Cancer Comes for You or You Need to Finish Your Story

written by Laura Beasley

So, why did you write a poem about cancer?
First they squeezed and scanned, so they could find the lump.
Oh, I see.  I know exactly what you are going through.
First they squeezed and scanned, so they could find the lump.
Then they cut my neck, so they could biopsy.

Oh, thanks for telling me.

First they squeezed and scanned, so they could find the lump.
Then they cut my neck, so they could biopsy.
Then they poisoned me with chemotherapy!

Oh, now you’ve told me more than I need to know

Let me finish my story!
First they squeezed and scanned, so they could find the lump.
Then they cut my neck, so they could biopsy.
Then they poisoned me with chemotherapy!
Then they sapped my strength, they left me all fatigued.

Or maybe you’re just depressed!

No, No, you’ve got to let me finish my story!
Now I have to start from the beginning again!
First they squeezed and scanned, so they could find the lump.
Then they cut my neck, so they could biopsy.
Then they poisoned me with chemotherapy!
Then they sapped my strength, they left me all fatigued.
And then they squeezed and scanned
and now the cancer is all gone!  THE END.

Now I’ve heard all about you, I’ve heard all about cancer.

But wait…., you have to finish your story!
Just wait…., ‘til cancer comes for you! 2/11/01

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  13. Dear Laura B
    Absolutely right on! Cancer is what no one wants to hear or will listen to. They want to say, “You’re so brave,” but what they mean is, “Don’t say a word.”
    love,
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  14. Laura H-I love your vivid descriptions of the mountains-we drove those in New Mexico and AZ-absolutely wonderful!
    Laura B-This is so right on-You’re wanting to tell the whole story so resonates-people don’t want to listen!

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