#National Fertility Awareness Week

Poem 7 – Hope and Emergence

The last poem of the #Fertilitypoems for National Fertility Awareness Week.

We make plans and we dream because that is how we continue to move forward.  Plans do come to fruition. Dreams do come true.  But there are no guarantees.  And in that uncertainty lies the most wonderful quality of being human – the capacity for hope.  Hope is stronger than broken dreams.  And with every small or huge defeat, hope allows us to edge towards the possibility of a different dream, to recognise the powerful potential we all have to listen to a voice within us that helps us find new ways of being…and dreaming.



Hope is the thing inside us that insists, without all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it and to fight for it.
– Barak Obama


“Hope is The Thing Inside Us”

I have held shimmering universes within me,
cradled the space between creation and loss.
And I have waited.

I have kept everything together and fallen apart,
accepted all the brittle gifts heartbreak gathered.
And I have tried again.

I have battled storms in slim syringes,
endured the hailstone marks of desire.
And I have lost.

I have felt elation rise in sunlit tides then,
sunk like a net of fish cut loose.
And I have floated free.

I have turned with every unrelenting season,
burned with gold in settling frost.
And I have claimed my ground.

I have nurtured a thing too fragile to be named,
silenced myself with unsung lullabies.
And I have found my voice.

Deborah Sloan


Raising funds for Fertility Network UK during National Fertility Awareness Week.
Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/deborah-sloan

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