Poetry Against Cancer

A couple of months back a call went out from writer Paul Carroll (@writeranonymous on twitter) for people to contribute a poem for a collection to be sold as a fundraiser for St. Johns Ward at our Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. To read about this venture visit the Poetry against Cancer site.

Paul and friends have organised the venture as  print on demand 83 page paperback available from Lulu:

Poetry Against Cancer is a collection of poetry from writers around the world; all the money raised from the book goes to St John’s Ward at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, the Haemotology and Oncology ward.

My poem ‘If we thought that love was gone’ is included in the collection. It is perhaps fitting that it deals with the juxtaposition of despair, resilience and hope. On a personal level this is poignant because a family member has just become seriously ill and we are having to draw on all our resources of strength and resilience to make our way through the darkness, to hopefully some form of light in the future.

The poetry book is a wonderful venture, a ground up practical away of providing financial support, the poems are written by ordinary people on the themes of

  • Poems for Children
  • Poems about Friendship
  • Love Poems
  • “Sad” Poems
  • Poems about a season (1 theme per season of the year)

The book is available for €7.50 plus postage and packing. If you would like to contribute to this great cause, you can BUY IT HERE. And please spread the word!

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