The Defiant Dreamer

For the past few years, Chicago’s Swedish Covenant Hospital has sponsored art exhibits that feature work from patients. In 2010 and 2011, I submitted poems that were featured in the exhibit and the published book which contained copies of all submissions. This week, I am sharing those pieces. Below is my entry (“The Defiant Dreamer”) to the 2010 show, Dreams of Healing.

I was born to dream. But


Hope is often interrupted

And temporarily replaced by frustration and anger.

Vacations are spent in the hospital, and food is replaced by



Consciously and unconsciously, I ponder and wonder if my concept of

Reality should change.

Obstacles litter the path to my dreams. Pills, procedures and pain make

Hope seem pointless.

Nevertheless, I was born to dream.

So I dream.