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FTIAT: October Son

Donnell (A Wordsmith’s Brainworks) stumbled upon my blog a few days before I shaved my head for St. Baldrick’s pediatric cancer charity in March. Her comment on one of my posts led me to her blog, where I learned that she’s a writer, a poet and one heckuva woman and mother. Although her posts about her son’s battle with cancer are sometimes hard to read, they also fill me with hope that comes from seeing life not in terms of its inevitable end result but in the goodness of the loving actions we take before then.

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October Son

A Monday born October son,
I felt your unspoiled, neonate skin.
We were three and all complete,
and for it I was thankful.

I, protective as a lioness
sheltering her cherished cub,
watched you grow and thrive;
you flourished well.
And for that I was thankful.

Autumn came, and like the sun
descending at the end of day,
your hardiness and strength
dipped below that distant threshold.
We were assured it would ascend,
and for it I was thankful.

You were well with the new year,
if only for a brief interval that
seduced us with its false promise
of health, and we were all too thankful.

The Moirai spun their fated threads,
we merely did what mortals can,
and suffered their predestination.
A prognosis grim but the culprit found
and that we knew was encouraging
and a thing for which to be thankful.

The path is long and obstructed by
entanglements and uncertainty.
We are wearied but do not go alone,
the masses follow us into the night,
and for that I am thankful.

Progress is slow but obvious;
you’re more well now than weeks ago.
The scales do not hang in our favor, but
still you smile and press your lips.
Your will can match a hundred men,
and for this I am thankful.

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  1. July 20, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Donnell your poem is so touching and so beautifully written. I will keep your son’s plight in my thoughts and say a Mi Sheberakh for him– Jewish prayer for healing.

  2. Donnell Jeansonne
    July 20, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of FTIAT. It’s an honor to share the stage with my fellow bloggers and on TMiYC.

  3. July 20, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Donnell, your words of hope and thanks are among the most beautiful I’ve ever read. Your strength is inspiring. I think about you often. I’d love to pay Robot Boy another visit if he’s up to it.

    • Donnell Jeansonne
      July 22, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Thank you. He’s on precautions right now, but hopefully he’ll be off of them soon. 🙂

  4. July 20, 2012 at 6:28 am

    A deeply beautiful poem. I can not imagine going through such a struggle with a new baby.

  5. July 20, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Beautiful. Love and light to you and your family, Donnell. xoxo

    • Donnell Jeansonne
      July 22, 2012 at 8:08 am

      Thank you. Love to you all as well. xoxo

  6. Doris Martinez
    July 20, 2012 at 8:11 am

    DONNELL,YOU AMAZE ME WITH YOUR GREAT STRENGTH AND BEAUTIFUL INNER SOUL…. THIS POEM BROUGHT TEARS TO MY HEART,BUT A SM ILE TO MY FACE KNOWING THE LOVE YOU CARRY FOR YOUR PRECIOUS BABY BOY AND I KNOW YOU SPEAK FOR AJ’S DEDICATED DADDY AS WELL…….LOVE YOU FOR ALL YOU ARE + ALL YOU DO………MY PRAYERS WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YALL……….YOU ARE THE PROOF OF A HEAVENLY BLESSING FOR YOUR LITTLE GUY…….
    GOD KNEW YOU WOULD TAKE THE BEST CARE OF THIS LITTLE MIRACLE……

    • Donnell Jeansonne
      July 22, 2012 at 8:09 am

      Thank you, Ms. Doris.

  7. Donnell Jeansonne
    July 20, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Reblogged this on A Wordsmith's Brainworks and commented:
    It is with honor that I reblog the following. Deb at The Monster in Your Closet  has allowed me to be a part of her FTIAT (For This I Am Thankful) guest blogger series. She’s allowing me to share my poem October Son as part of this project, and for this and many other things, I am thankful.

  8. July 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Lovely, moving words. God bless you and your dear son, Donnell.

  9. July 20, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    These were evocative and moving words, reminding me of the great gifts I have and how I must remember to be grateful for them. I will keep you and your family held up to the light in my thoughts and hope for relief and healing.

  10. July 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    So touching and heartbreaking. I wish you the very very best.

  11. July 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    My nephew was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at 20 months. It’s been a devasting and astonishingly wonderful time, and he’s now ten years old. Your words express those emotions perfectly.

    • Donnell Jeansonne
      July 22, 2012 at 8:11 am

      I’m glad to read your nephew came out of his battle victorious, and it gives me hope that our fight isn’t in vain. Thank you.

  12. Donnell Jeansonne
    July 22, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Thank you all for your kind words, your thoughts and prayers for our son and family.

  13. July 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    My prayers for your family and your little one. Blogging is such an amazing way to help us cope with painful and difficult things, as well as to celebrate our blessings. I know your son is a celebration, and your words, they transcend. XOXO-SWM

  14. July 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Beautiful… As always.

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