Sunday, February 26, 2012
Dreaming of poetry and art
Coincidentally, I've had some new ideas about my poem, "I Dreamed."
It came to me in essence as a gift, and I love sharing it when I can. It seems to be as meaningful to others as it is to me and I've been thinking about ways to further share it. There really aren't many poems about Down Syndrome or any other disability. I guess it's not the kind of thing people get inspired to write about. However, there is a need for meaningful, inspiring messages for parents and teachers and service providers. So where I'm going with this is the possibility of a poster, a postcard (or some smallish size) and a greeting card.
The greeting card seems especially important----when a baby is born, people want to send a card. They all say "Congratulations on your new baby" but I know people are hesitant to send such a card, knowing many times the parents are in some state of emotional shock or grief.
I imagine that this poem would bring a message of inspiration and hope, as well as acknowledging that this child is not necessarily what everyone dreams of. And I think it's important to acknowledge that.
I'd love to know what you think, and any suggestions or ideas you might have!