Poem: Crumbled

crushed tight
crushed small
compressed
tiny ball

thrown hard
thrown far
distressed
wrecking bar

drawn down
drawn blank
depressed
harshly frank

sighing
silence
expressed
like a knife

no words
no poem
obsessed
I am broken.

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Poem: Conclusion

things begin with anticipation
and ever growing expectation
then meet the stark realization
of being me

the problem isn’t you
you never were to blame
all that ever was wrong
is caught inside the frame
of being me

things implode in great frustration
and ever building aggravation
only to be stuck in evasions
of being me

the problem is so clear
the solution simple
there remains no sense
in the continuation
of being me.

The End.


Poem: NoOne’s Song

i write words that NoOne sees
that then softly NoOne reads
NoOne sings them right out loud
in the silence of NoOne’s room

each sweet note
gently falls
bouncing down
and off the walls

NoOne picks them up again
puts them back where they belong
Then NoOne sings them one more time
until SomeOne smartly comes along
telling NoOne that their singing’s wrong.

NoOne is all silent now
because SomeOne’s words
just stole her song.


Katie Star Needs a Hero (World Cancer Day)

Someone left a comment on one of my pages about a little girl in Cambridge, Ontario in Canada. She is a 4-year-old who needs a small miracle to keep her heart beating. She is only one little girl among thousands of people that need help. But there is something you can do!

You can possibly help Katie with your stem cells – or perhaps one of the thousands of other people waiting for a match  by going to onematch.ca and signing up to be a donor. And by encouraging others to be donors as well.

You can read the original article here

And I have pasted the text below from the http://cambridgecitizen.ca/katie-star-needs-a-hero-is-it-you/ by Scot Ferguson-Barber

4 year old Katie Star needs a hero. This 4 year old Cambridge girl is in desperate need of a stem cell donor. Go to onematch.ca for details on how you can help.

4 year old Katie Star Herron is battling cancer for the second time in her young life; and now only the gift of life from a stranger can help her win this fight.

Katie loves to participate in dance, music, gymnastics and art classes. She is a huge fan of all the Disney Princesses and loves having tea parties.

Katie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on August 6th, 2010. After 25 months of intense treatment that included numerous lumbar punctures, bone marrow aspirations, hospital stays, chemotherapy, steroids and 2 to 3 times a week hospital visits, Katie received her last dose of chemo in September 2012.

As the family celebrated the success of her treatment and her remission, Katie began to live a normal childhood. Her hair grew back and she started Junior Kindergarten in September 2013. Katie is a smart, vibrant little girl with an enormous loving heart. When she laughs it is contagious and her smile can light up any room.

On November 6th, 2013 the family’s worst fears were realized. Katie had relapsed – her Leukemia is back. Katie was admitted into Hamilton’s McMaster Children’s Hospital and her parents have not left her side. Mom sleeps at the hospital with Katie, while Dad spends the nights close by at the Ronald McDonald House.

After the last 2 months of aggressive treatment, the family has now been informed that Katie’s only hope for survival is a stem cell transplant. A world wide search for a donor has begun, as Katie’s parents are not a match. Finding a donor is very difficult, so while Katie’s in the hospital fighting for her life, the Cambridge couple is asking the community for help. Every single person who joins the registry could be a match for someone in desperate need of a transplant and help another family out there.

We hope that in sharing Katie’s story it will be the catalyst that gets people out, for our little Katie Star and for the others who are waiting on a stranger to give them the ultimate gift.


Feast of Leftovers: Sour Cream Biscuits

The wonder of this time of year is how much food can be squeezed into a refrigerator, and how much food I can consume without trying!

I seem to have extra sour cream and since I have been making soup – what every soup needs is a nice freshly baked biscuit. And I love sour cream biscuits. Simple and easy to make – and helps get rid of that sour cream sitting in my fridge.
(My soup recipes are: Prime Rib, Turkey)

 

Ingredients
2 cup white flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 425°F
Mix dry ingredients thoroughly in a bowl.
Use a pastry cutter to blend.
Add the shortening and cut shortening until mixture has course pea-sized texture.
Add the sour cream and cut mixture until it is course crumbs.
Knead dough 6 to 8 strokes; if dough is too dry and not binding together, slowly add a bit of water a teaspoon at a time.
Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick. Fold in half. Roll out again and fold in half, and half again.
Now roll out to about 1/2 inch thick and cut biscuits;
bake on greased cookie sheet 10 to 15 minutes (until desired golden brown on top)

Let cool a few minutes – and then enjoy!
Not only excellent with soup but also really tasty with butter and strawberry jam.


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