Warning: This poem touches on traumatic brain injury and how it affects people's lives. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.
"The Aurora Hat"
After Jeannie fell while skiing,
fell into a coma that swallowed
whole weeks of her life,
her sister Marie
took up knitting.
She bought gray yarn
for the gloom of silence,
pastels of yellow, pink, and blue
for the hidden rainbow of hope.
Through the long days of waiting,
Marie knitted, needles clicking
in her restless fingers,
soft yarn a whisper
From the dark gray band
rose dark gray trees, spruce
reaching for the sky that
bloomed with aurora colors.
A gray pompom cloud
almost covered up
the white hint of moon
upon the crown, but
the moon was still there.
When Jeannie woke,
her head hurt and
she was always cold and
everything was confusing.
Marie gave her the aurora hat
to cover the scars on her forehead
and crown, to keep her warm and
remind her that she was loved
no matter what happened next.
Jeannie touched the hat
that showed a cold winter night,
knitted through cold winter nights,
yet lit with auroras of hope.
She put it on and felt a little better.
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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 confused, plus difficulty getting organized. There are tips on what brain injury survivors want you to know and what they need to hear.
The Aurora Hat uses this pattern.