Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Poem of the Week (13 July 2010) - A Ray of Hope

I don’t usually introduce the poems selected each week. I like them to stand on their own and let the readers draw their own opinion. I had to break that rule this week to say something brief about this poem. I usually try to dig deep into a poetry blog and attempt to find a nugget. I avoid the recent “fresh ones” searching for something with dust. I could not do so in this case. I read and re-read this poem and just loved the emotion it exhibited. To me it was simple but struck deep, I find it to be a very touching poem and a must share so here it is.

This poem can be found at:

The Poetry of Alaurilee
Serving Hugs on a Platter and Tears in a Teacup

A Ray of Hope

We sit in this waiting room once every month
and pray for the news to get better;
hoping they'll be signs of remission
from this chronic Crohn's scarlet letter.

Racked with pain and weakness as well,
this sweet man I love perseveres.
He keeps on moving each and every day;
smiling eyes at the world while hiding his tears.

Today we have a bright ray of hope,
for the first time in over a year.
A new med is working its magic we think;
this faint ray of 'maybe' brings us a tear.

So we leave this office together today,
holding hands with hopeful hearts;
and long for just one more day,
when the pain stops before it even starts.



  1. Hope is so needed at times like that in one's life. This is such a moving poem Alaurilee. It is very worthy of being featured here. I wish for you and your loved one many rays of hope. :-)

  2. Lovely piece with many emotions attached....Hope,faith,and love all hovering over the pain and tears....bkm

  3. Thank you for featuring my poem. I wrote it on the spot while in the waiting room yesterday.

    I'm truly honored and grateful to have my poetry shared.

    Thank you for all your sweet comments on my blog and here as well. I'm honored to have touched your hearts and blessed to have you touch mine in return.

    Thank u and blessings to you all.


    Lauri Halterman (aka Alaurilee)

  4. Alaurilee,

    I think it is wonderful that you have this gift of expression with words. It will be such a valuable way for you to share the pain you must feel, for your loved one.
    I wish you both, better times.
    Ps: I just love the name of your blog Serving Hugs on a platter and tears in a teacup. Just great!

    Best wishes,


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