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fields of pink

i often wondered why did October
in all of her beauty
become national breast cancer month

the trees bear resemblance to the sun
the yellow, orange, scarlet folds
softly spiraling in the cool winds
was it the red, as it tumbled down
a remembrance of blood shed
as lives were lost?

was it the bitter cold bite
that signified ending
and the bare trees
that followed
as fall exited?

as i looked around me
daybreak blushed across the sky
the trees lined the streets
flushed in reds and oranges
the dormant green grass
began yellowing around the edges
amidst all of this
were fields of pink
a thousand little flags
slow dancing in the wind
as leaves twirled around them
each flag depicting 
a life touched
a battle fought
a win or loss
against this disease

i then realized
October's birthstone
pink tourmaline
is said to have many faces
express every mood
foster inner harmony
and strength
it all makes sense

as i look at each flag
i see faces of many
in my community
a battle they all fought
unwillingly
i see joy
i see sorrow
i see pain
a mother
a sister
an aunt
and i see memory
all together
in fields of pink
and i now understand...



Sandy Adams
11/02/2013
pinktober contest

Inspired by the high school children
I am proud to drive to school... they raised
over 1000 dollars for breast cancer
by selling these flags, the school grounds
are fields of pink and most the flags dedicated
to those lost...I dedicate this poem to them and
our community! Thanking them for the inspiration!

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  1. Date: 11/11/2013 4:02:00 PM

    wow, Sandra, was this for PD's contest on breast cancer awareness? If so, It should have gotten number one spot because this is about as good as it gets for that kind of poetry.

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams Date: 11/11/2013 6:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Andrea...it was for the contest and took a 3rd place win....i still get to look at the pink fields daily! hugs :)
  1. Date: 11/10/2013 1:52:00 PM

    awesome write, Sandra

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams Date: 11/10/2013 4:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Jack...hope your evening is good! :) hugs
  1. Date: 11/10/2013 11:18:00 AM

    hello sandra....i felt for this poem...though it speaks of pain yet the images of nature exist against the backdrop of ill struggle, gave quite a healing effect...beautifully painful piece...congratulations!...thanks for sharing..your soup friend, wendy

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams Date: 11/10/2013 4:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Wendy :) hugs
  1. Date: 11/7/2013 10:29:00 PM

    Sandra this was very good, lovely impressive win................ SKAT

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams Date: 11/9/2013 7:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Skat...sorry it took so long to respond...am not feeling well and it was a long work week! hugs :)
  1. Date: 11/7/2013 4:57:00 AM

    Ah yes Sandra, now I understand as well...Beautifully written and God bless those kids too...Congratulations - Tim

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams Date: 11/9/2013 7:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Tim :) sorry it took so long to respond...am not feeling well and it was a long work week!
  1. Date: 11/6/2013 2:22:00 PM

    How wonderful that you know high school children who are helping to fight for the cause. Yes, what an inspiration young people can be....a wonderful poem !

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams Date: 11/9/2013 7:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Carrie :) sorry it took so long to respond...am not feeling well and it was a long work week!
  1. Date: 11/6/2013 1:56:00 PM

    Hello PINKTOBER, winning poet --- SANDRA --- Thank you for embracing my contest with your poem. I took my time on this particular contest, many heartfelt poems:-(... If you'd like:) stop by my latest blog "Hold My Pen While I Write." In there you will find my very own PinkTober invitation. Take Care & have yourself an awesome day... xox~ LINDA

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams Date: 11/9/2013 7:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank You Linda...what a wonderful surprise :) sorry it took so long to respond...am not feeling well and it was a long work week!
  1. Date: 11/5/2013 5:07:00 PM

    This poem is a beautiful and touching tribute to those who have been affected by breast cancer. Excellent writing, my friend!...Thank you very much for the great comments, Sandra! :)

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams Date: 11/5/2013 6:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Kelly...i went by the fields again today and they seem to have gotten even bigger...hugs :)
  1. Date: 11/3/2013 12:07:00 PM

    - Sandra, glad that I read this poem - Today we can at least talk about this topic .... for only 30-35 years no one spoke about it .... it was uncomfortable. - A good poem. - Thank you. - - Skillfully school kids !!! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams Date: 11/3/2013 12:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Anne-Lise...I drove by in my bus as they were putting the flags among the school grounds...daily I watched it grow bigger and bigger...these fields of pink were so eye catching...I went on to the school web site and saw how it came to be and the money raised! hugs :)
  1. Date: 11/2/2013 6:27:00 PM

    Great write and good job on the fund raising program it will be used for a wonderful purpose to find a cure. also thanks for the congrads.

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams Date: 11/2/2013 7:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you...I think these kids did a fantastic job! hugs
  1. Date: 11/2/2013 5:59:00 PM

    exceptional piece

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams Date: 11/2/2013 7:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Liam :) hugs
  1. Date: 11/2/2013 2:49:00 PM

    Great work about a topic that touches on the lives of many..Enjoyed reading this one today..Thanks for the visits to my page..Your comments are appreciated..Sara

    Adams Avatar Sandra Adams Date: 11/2/2013 3:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you so much Sara...have a great day :) hugs