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To carry on our love of all things poetry and to keep the energy high, I will continue to post poems by the contributing poets to the anthology until the Colorado Book Awards on May 21, 2017 (info by clicking here).

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Today’s poem is by contributing poet: Kari Redmond

Pieta in Black and White

The pediatric oncologist leaves the room,
nurses remove the life support lines;
relatives and friends cluster around the bed,
but the mother holding her dead son is alone.

A man walks into this room,
visited each day, knelt with her in prayer,
he speaks of compassion, not chemotherapy,
reads blessings, touched her child.

Now, she grasps
his extended hand;
her proud ancestry, the Mayflower;
his consequential roots, the Amistad.

 

 

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