I did say I would probably write today about the ups and downs of this past year, but it’s still beyond me. When something is hard to write about in a poem I try a list poem. Here is a list even if it’s not a poem.
January–Doll God, my first book of poetry, was published by Aldrich Press
February–my father had surgery for a catastrophic heart event last December. He had a 50% chance of getting through the surgery, but once through that phase, the expectation was that he would continue to recover. By February it was clear Dad was not getting better, but it didn’t seem as if the medical establishment was listening. To top it all off, my daughter moved to the other side of the country.
March–visited my father and went with him to the doctor for his diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, then helped him decide on whether or not to have treatment (no treatment)
April–Dad and I continued to talk several times every day. Both my children flew to visit Grandpa.
May–my father passed away
June–my oldest cat Mac passed away
July–adopted Nakana (soon began to call her Kana)
August–first real vacation in a long time was both stressful and good
September–what a blur–oh yeah, no wonder–I did the Tupelo Press 30/30 poetry project all month!
October–visited Mom for the first time since Dad passed away & visited daughter who lives the farthest from me she ever has
November–Doll God was a winner in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards
December–something new on the horizon, but not yet surfaced, in my son’s life (stay tuned)
I hope this year is stable and joyful and healthy for all!!! The kitties say HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Click on (or hover over) the image for the caption.