Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DMC: "Cancer, Love & Hope" by Rosi Hollinbeck


Appalling breast cancer diagnosis
Daughter edgy, frightened.
Ghastly, harrowing information.
Just knowing love
means new optimism, promise.
Quintessential romance,
supportive templar.
Uttering veritable wish —
X-rays yield
zero additional beastly cells.

© 2017 Rosi Hollinbeck. All rights reserved.

My daughter is battling breast cancer and has had to start a crowdfunding campaign to help with medical bills. If your readers could share the link through twitter or other social media, I would be so grateful.

Click HERE to read this month's interview with Carole Boston Weatherford. She has challenged us to write an abecedarian poem.

Generally each line (or word) of an abecedarian poem begins with A and continues in alphabetical order until you reach Z. For this challenge, you may start and end with whichever letters you choose, as long as they are sequential.

Post your poem on our September 2017 padlet. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, September 29th. One lucky participant will win a copy of Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (Candlewick Press, 2017).


  1. Rosi, what an amazing poem. I am so sorry you and your daughter have to go through this.

  2. If Maggie is anything like you, Rosi (which I imagine she is!), she has the strength and perseverance to get through this like a true warrior. In the meantime, we can be thankful that poetry will be there to commiserate and celebrate at every twist and turn. <3

  3. I'm sorry that your daughter has to take on this battle, Rosi. Your poem is powerful. Best wishes to your daughter.

  4. Sending our love and good wishes to your family, Rosi. Your poem is sharp and beautiful.

  5. I hope they do yield zero additional beastly cells, Rosi. A touching poem.

  6. Rosi, sending hugs and best wishes for her continued success in battling this "demon." And hugs to you as well.

  7. I love the powerful spirit of this poem, Rosi. Wishing your daughter and you all the best.

  8. Thanks for all the kind comments, and thanks, Michelle, for publishing my poem and Maggie's link> You are the best!

  9. That is an amazing affirmation: "X-rays yield Zero additional beastly cells." Go Maggie.

    Love, Patty

  10. Thanks for sharing this heartfelt, powerful poem Rosi. Sending positive thoughts to your daughter and you.

  11. Best wishes that she can beat this, Rosi. Your support is a great resource for her. Strong poem!

  12. Such an uplifting poem, Rosi. It reflects the positive resolve you and Maggie have to beat this. And you will.

  13. Sending love and hugs to you, your daughter, and your family.