Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "The Wingspan Wrap"

This is the linkback perk poem for the May 5, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It was written outside the regular prompt calls. This poem belongs to the series Arts & Crafts America. 


"The Wingspan Wrap"

[March 2020]

Roan was a skilled pilot
until a software glitch sent
her plane plummeting
toward the ground.

She managed to land
in a pond and saved
most of the passengers,
winning heroic acclaim.

However, her head injuries
meant that she could
never fly again.

At the hospital,
a nurse brought Roan
instructions on knitting
and a pattern for a wrap
that looked like wings.

Her occupational therapist
was thrilled with the idea, and
encouraged Roan to try it.

So Roan learned to knit and
made herself a wingspan wrap.

Soft green yarn at her throat
turned to turquoise, navy,
and violet at the tips of
the long ribbed feathers.

Roan became interested in
helping other accident victims
recover through art therapy.

She could no longer fly, but
she could still stretch her wings.

* * *

Notes:

See the Wingspan Wrap.

Traumatic Brain Injury covers a wide range of damage from mild concussion to penetrating injuries. People with TBI often have behavioral impairment such as feeling overloaded or angry, plus difficulty getting organized. There are tips on what brain injury survivors want you to know and what they need to hear.
 
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