Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 - Prompt #330
I Challenge You

"We will write a “challenge” poem. At the end of our poem we will choose one of our poets and give them a topic upon which to muse. Any form, any style, any subject within reason are game. Watch for the gauntlet to be thrown in your direction and write your poem(s)."

Facing the toughest challenge
of her young life wrought 
a profound change in this
teen.  A spoiled, beautiful,
and popular girl–part of
a circle of vacuous, vicious
friends who lived on looks
and gossip-gave up her past.

She struggled to move
forward after the tumor
on her leg spread.  Bouts
of chemo did not prove
enough. It became necessary 
to amputate.  She fought,
sought any way out
of ever trying to walk again.
But she did.  Working with 
a dedicated physical therapist,
she made it.  Through new
friends and support, she
overcame her challenge,
and headed for a meaningful
life for herself and others.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Overcoming

  1. Zelda Rene says:

    Wow, I wonder if this is a true story…such a crisis is a game-changer, and often polishes character too.


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