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.