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Greetings and welcome to Poets on Display during National Poetry Month/Blogging From A to Z April Challenge. I’m doing a poetry theme, so each day this month I feature poets from the book Sunrise Summits: A Poetry Anthology, which was recently selected as a finalist for the 2017 Colorado Book Awards in the anthology category (information about the awards can be found by Clicking Here).


It’s an honor for me to continue to share the work of those who contributed to Northern Colorado Writers first poetry anthology and to have this work selected as an award finalist. The poets included are a shining example of the talent found in Northern Colorado Writers, LLC.

The poem posted below is not from the anthology. This way you get a wider read of each poet’s work. It’s been a challenge to get the poems to fit the letter theme, but I think I’ve worked it out. I  hope you enjoy what you read here.

Today’s letter:      I

Today’s Poem:  I Am Wounded, But Not for Long by Laura Mahal

I am Wounded, But Not for Long

I am wounded,
but not for long.
I will close my bedroom door.
Pull down the blinds.
And close my eyes.
The dog gets to sleep on the bed.
But not for long.

I will swim through
this ocean of depression,
that isn’t an ocean.
It’s only a pool.
I can see the other side.
I deserve to land on my feet.
Because I won’t continue to drown,
not for long.

The rains will drum
against my window,
but not for long.
The sun will come out again.
If not today, then tomorrow.
Then, I will get dressed.
Take the dog for a walk,
but not for long.

I must conserve my energy
for the battle is long.
The sadness stays close by.
It comes with the rain.
And comes with the sun.
But it doesn’t last long,
and I refuse to give in.

I will close my bedroom door.
Pull down the blinds.
And close my eyes.
When I wake,
I’ll try again.
I’ll pet my dog.
I’ll swim through.

Laura’s Bio:

Into her twenties, Laura Mahal wrote articles for various journals, including editing the student publication for the University of Maryland’s Augsburg (Germany) campus and a yearly newsletter for her fellow MP’s from Fort McClellan. Laura specializes in literary fiction, with a completed novel, a handful of short stories, and flash fiction in her portfolio.

Note: On May 1, 2017 I’ll be drawing one winner to receive a copy of Sunrise Summits: A Poetry Anthology. Each day you visit and leave a comment, you’ll earn one entry for the drawing. (Only one entry per day can be earned, regardless of number of visits/comments) That’s a potential of 30 entries for the drawing! Winner to be announced on this blog on May 1, 2017.

Click Here to purchase Sunrise Summits: A Poetry Anthology