From the Author
This is Day 5 of “Songs of Heartstrings” Blog Tour. I want to thank 4WillsPublishing for setting up the tour and my host to have me here.
This poetry collection includes nine themes: Songs of Nature, Songs of Dissonance, Songs of Physical Healing, Songs of Marriage, Songs of Parenthood, Songs of Tribute, Songs of Reflections, Songs of Challenge, and Songs of Inspiration. Each of these themes covers various aspects of my life experience. Many poems are illustrated with my photos and watercolor paintings.
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Highlighted Poems from Songs of Parenthood
Photography, watercolor painting and ceramic painting are several of my favorite hobbies. I painted “Mother-Daughter Holding Hands” which illustrates the relationship with my daughter. I handcrafted a whale and painted it as a nightlight for my baby daughter. She is grown now and has her precious daughter. Photos of these pieces are in the section of Songs of Parenthood.
Beautiful Tiny Baby
Seven months of being pregnant,
driving from California to Oregon
for a Christmas family gathering.
“Take breaks more often,” Doctor said.
Still, it was 1,000 miles in distance.
When we arrived, I started the contractions,
went to the hospital in Salem.
“We have no equipment to care for
premature babies.” Doctor said.
An ambulance took me,
traveled one hour to Portland.
I was holding my baby tight,
praying, telling her, “I love you,”
All the way.
We arrived at the hospital safe and sound,
the contractions seemed to quiet down.
I had a belt on my belly strapped around
to monitor the frequency of contraction.
Not long after I had dinner,
the monitor beeped a warning sound.
Yes, my daughter wanted to come around.
A caesarean section was in order.
“An experimental drug could be
injected into your spinal cord
to mature the baby’s lungs, so
she could breathe on her own;
the effect on you is unknown.” Doctor said.
Without hesitation, I wanted the injection.
It turned out to be a sound decision.
Baby Mercy only needed
twelve hours of respiratory help.
She was tiny and beautiful.
I had her in my arms.
Her eyes followed mine.
My baby had the angel’s guide.
Her birth was years ago,
the vivid memory never gets old.
She started with her tiny feet,
her steps have been directed by
the heavenly Father’s lead.
A whale made of clay,
Nightlight shines through
blowhole, eyes, and mouth,
for my baby daughter
I created, with love.
SONGS OF HEARTSTRINGS AUTHOR INFO
Miriam Hurdle is a multi-genre writer. She writes poetry, flash fiction, and short stories and memoir. Her poems are included in Letters to Gaia, Whispers and Echoes Issue 2, Whispers and Echoes Issue 3, and Outcast and More Words.
She is passionate about poetry and her favorite poets are Robert Frost with his poems “The Road Not Taken,” and Linda Pastan with her poem “To a Daughter Leaving Home.”
She is a member of PoemHunter.com, and her poetry may be read on the websites.
Music has rooted in her life. Being a soloist as a teenager led her to taking voice lessons and to have ongoing singing engagements. She continues to sing soprano in choral groups. Lyrics have a major influence in the natural flow of her melodic writing. She writes memoir in the form of poetry.
Along with her brother, she took photos when the films were black and white. Photography is still her enjoyable hobby. Drawing and painting were fun activities as a child. Her favorite was to draw a Japanese girl with big eyes, long hair, small lips and chin. She resumed drawing and watercolor painting several years ago. In her poetry collection, photos and paintings are included to illustrate the poems.
She earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California.
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