April is…

Your Heart

in that antiseptic room

your tiny chest opened


once considered a miracle




now science




in my wallet

a diagram

a heart

with arrows




I run

with you

running you

through life


For enough life

whatever we get

should be enough


Is that possible?

probably not

we take


pack in

every minute


all we get is

a few precious minutes

here and there



make minutes matter


bring joy


create hope


teach purpose



your heart

beautiful beating heart


I keep watching

keep watching you

and your heart…



So, in April I tend to go to the hard moments that came from the April’s before, including handing my sweet baby over to heart surgery all those years ago. We had a long reprieve from even appointments, but now they are back into the mix and then I obsess…maybe even without cause.

As I have said before, I am not a poet. But I do like to write poetry on occasion. Did you know April is National Poetry Month? True. Thanks, FTSF Friends, here and here, let’s talk April, shall we?


A friend sent me this post, I take it as a compliment, it is good advice:



  1. Kenya G. Johnson April 8, 2018 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Beautiful poem. I know that had to be a tough time and waiting moment. You can feel that in “you make minutes matter” and it so appropriately compliments Snoopy’s response.

  2. Kristi Campbell April 8, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    The Snoopy cartoon made me cry a little bit. I know. *sniff sniff*
    I think you are a poet. For real. To be able to even remotely express the joy of being a part of somebody’s life who shows us life, purpose, goodness. That’s what writing – any type should do, and you did. xo

  3. Pat B April 9, 2018 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    This is so beautiful and beautifully simple, but not. Life is simple, but at the same time complicated. Hugs.

    • Mardra April 9, 2018 at 5:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you and yes. Yes to that.

  4. Tamara April 10, 2018 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    It’s the perfect Snoopy cartoon, if I ever did see one.
    Gorgeous and description. April and memories and LOVE and life.

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