Poem: Awaken


Poetry: Celebrating National Poetry Month


I don’t want to
read about dying
for I know what
it’s like to wait
with someone at
death’s door.

I don’t want to
talk about sorrow
because I have lost
so much that despair
runs through my veins.

And I don’t want to
hear platitudes. It’s
okay, I know you
don’t know what to

I’d rather read
about life, so maybe
I’ll remember how to
live it.

And I’d rather talk about
hope, so that my legacy
will leave eyes cast skyward
to see the sun crest over the

For links to poetry prompts, or if you missed out on what I’m doing for National Poetry Month, check out the first post here.


To end each post, there will be this call to share your own work. Whether it’s something that you write as soon as you finish reading this post, or it’s a poem you’ve posted or had published, place the whole poem in the comments or put a link to it. A brief description before the link will help me process comments faster, so I know they’re not spam.

Also, feel free to share links to poems or spoken word performances by other poets. I hope this month will bring a wide variety of poetry to everyone’s attention. Also, there will be posts on my author Facebook page, a link to which can be found on the right-hand side, that will include spoken word performances and links to work of other poets, which will not appear here.


  1. // Reply

    The last two stanzas are beautiful and hopeful. I rather read about life, too. 😊

    1. // Reply

      Thank you! I remember when I wrote this piece, I had opened a news feed, and there was another story about death (sometimes it feels like that’s all that’s in the news), and from my initial reaction to the story, I wrote this poem.

      1. // Reply

        You’re utmost welcome, Mandie!

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