Poem from ‘Wounds I Healed’ + Exciting Updates!

Today, I would like to share one of my poems from Wounds I Healed, which, as I write, is still No.1 New Release in Poetry Anthologies on Amazon.com! I am blown away by the amount of support and good wishes we have received from the many wonderful people who have contributed to the anthology, or otherwise supported its publication and promotion.

Wounds I Healed bestseller
Still topping the bestseller charts!

In further good news for the anthology, my local bookstore will be selling copies, and editor Gabriela Marie Milton is due to be interviewed by New York Glamor Magazine about the book! I am thrilled that all of the authors are getting the recognition they deserve, and that the issues raised in this volume are sparking debate and emotional responses far and wide!

Cyclical Rebirth

Here is one of my poems from Wounds I Healed, entitled ‘Cyclical Rebirth:’

Every month I die, and am reborn
with dark-day demons, whispering me home:
this is no cause to cry, or be forlorn

Another night of anguish, pages torn
from out the book of life, a weighty tome
for every month I die, and am reborn

As in your arms, I find my cares are borne
aloft, alight, through sky and wild sea-foam
there is no cause to cry, or be forlorn

Across my weathered face, the lines are worn
like scars upon a beach I walk alone
where every month I die, and am reborn

Distant, I hear the bright triumphal horn
sounding its rallying call, as clarion
for there’s no cause to cry, or be forlorn

The dark births light, cast in poetic form
of ancient bards, who, lyre-in-hand, still roam
through centuries, to die, and be reborn:
without a cause to cry, or be forlorn

This poem describes my experience of PMDD, or Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder, a condition I have written about extensively in the past. I am currently in chemically-induced menopause to treat my PMDD, and I am happy to report this is working (though the treatment in itself is not without its challenges!) One bonus being, I have been able to work consistently on getting Wounds I Healed out into the world. Of course, I could not have done this without the support of editor Gabriela Marie Milton, Cover Artist Nick Reeves, and all of the wonderful contributors to this anthology.

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  1. THis is all amazing, Ingrid!!! You and Gabriela have worked magic – taken many beautiful notes that were inaudible on their own, and united them artistically to sing for the whole world to hear. PMDD sounds incredibly tough. I wonder if you have awful hot flushes with your chemically induced menopause? I do from chemo-induced menopause. But I wonder if for you it is different?

    1. Thank you! What a beautiful way to describe the project 😊

      I had hot flushes, headaches, anxiety attacks, depression: but fixed with HRT now, and still preferable to PMDD. Are you able to take HRT for yours?

      1. Oh dear that does sound rough. No I can’t take HRT because my cancer is estrogen responsive. I do have another prescribed drug I can try but I am trying all the other suggestions first. Eg. No caffeine, wearing natural fibres, evening primrose oil, etc

      2. Oh no, that’s tough! Estrogen is the only thing that helps me as I’m progesterone sensitive. I hope the natural remedies help. It isn’t natural to be plunged into menopause!

  2. So happy for the success of WIH, the poems are compelling and highlight so many diverse struggles. Thanks for sharing yours so beautifully here! πŸ’–

  3. Ingrid, your powerful poem could represent many life struggles, but it perfectly and poetically represents the anguish and “death” that many women experience every month. Month after month, year after year. I am glad you are finding relief – hope the challenges are minor. Wonderful news about your local bookstore and Gabriela’s interview! πŸ‘πŸ»

  4. What a tremendously beautiful, changing poem, Ingrid! It is one of my favorites of your writing, as I find its journey to healing absolutely moving, relatable, and uplifting. <3

  5. What a beautiful & heartfelt poem…thank you for your sharing, Ingrid ✨

    I’m so looking forward to receiving my copy…many congratulations…you & Gabriela made it happen…magnificent cover art by Nick…plus amazing poems of the talented poets (I’ve already read some pieces on WP)…

  6. Congratulations Ingrid! Well done gettin it in your local bookstore and the interview coming up on Glamor magazine!
    So exciting!
    Love your poem and so much loved hearing you read it!!! It is powerful and awesome.

      1. I’m going with that! ⭐️.. I just got sequestered to be featured in Sept by MMS Worldwide Institute which is the Original Coaching institute where I am certified by Dr. Cherie.. Thrilled! ⭐️🌟⭐️🌟

  7. Ingrid, I am glad you are feeling better, and I wish you continued good health! This poem vividly describes what you have had to endure. Hope it helps to raise awareness about PMMD. <3 I look forward to reading the interview.

  8. Your strength and determination in dealing with your ordeal comes through in your words. I’m enjoying reading my copy of the anthology. Well done, Ingrid.

  9. Ingrid, I do hope when more people read “our book” (ooh! I feel so good writing that!), They become more aware of PMDD. As always, powerful write. Wishing you more strength. ❀️

    1. I sometimes wonder how something which affects 5% of the female population can be so poorly understood, but then I look at the first half of this sentence, and it all becomes clear! ❀️

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