Sunday, July 25, 2021

poems published in an anthology

I am happy but it is about a difficult subject.

a scan of the book cover by dsnake1

poems published in an anthology

In June 2020, I submitted 2 poems for A Thousand Cranes: an anthology with APHN. I am pleased to announce that the 2 poems have been accepted for print publication.

The poems are :

1. days and days - a new poem specially written for the theme with recollections about the painful times my mother was in a hospital.

2. hearts - this is an old poem that has been published on this blog in 2014. It is about the pain (and courage) my first wife was suffering from fighting cancer.

The editors received over 800 entries from people all over the Asia Pacific region, in 11 different languages. This poetry anthology aims to increase awareness and appreciation for palliative care in the region.

I received a complimentary copy of the book through the mail on a July Saturday. Can't wait to read every page.

Notes : APHN is The Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network.

          The anthology has been retitled from A Thousand Cranes to To Let the Light In.

          All the 840 submissions are at the APHN website. You can read them HERE.

scan by dsnake1

I am happy to receive this Thank You card from APHN and Sing Lit Station with the book.

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2021

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Blogger Gillena Cox said...

By heartiest Congratulations.
Happy Sunday


25 July, 2021 21:51  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

"there is an ache in the heart
the pain i cannot understand."
From your poem 'days and days'



25 July, 2021 21:53  
Blogger Rommy said...

Both of those are gorgeous and heartbreaking in their own way. The detail in Days and Days really conveys the slipperiness of time someone you care about is very ill and you know it won't get better. Hearts beautifully underlines the admiration and love in a relationship that can't be dimmed even in a dire situation.

25 July, 2021 22:10  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!
Those were heart-breaking days when we knew her days were not much.. :(


Thank you!
your comments make me understand why i need to write those poems..

25 July, 2021 22:23  
Blogger Lisa said...

Both of those are so moving. Of course, they remind me of my time with my own mother, daily sitting by her hospital bed holding her hand. It's not a bad thing to remember the sadness.

25 July, 2021 22:56  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you.
no, it's not a bad thing to remember the sadness. it's because we love them.

25 July, 2021 23:06  
Anonymous Ron. Lavalette said...

Congratulations and thank you for sharing such moving works.

25 July, 2021 23:20  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Ron. :)

25 July, 2021 23:35  
Blogger indybev said...

Hearty congratulations! It's gratifying to know our work is meaningful, amd yours certainly sounds to be such.

25 July, 2021 23:48  
Blogger rallentanda said...

Congratulations...A little happy highlight in your life. You deserve to have your work acclaimed. Very moving sad poems. Stay safe , take care.

26 July, 2021 00:29  
Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

First, congratulations. Both poems are wonderful. You explored those difficult issues so well. I can still feel both pieces, especially "hearts".

26 July, 2021 00:48  
Blogger Magical Mystical Teacher said...

"Hearts" is such a moving piece. To be free as the sparrows would be a gift.

26 July, 2021 06:22  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Two beautiful poems, each in its own way. I found Hearts especially poignant. I was at the deathbed of my mother, and also that of my husband Andrew, so although the circumstances were not identical, I can well appreciate the feelings. I think it is important to write and share such poems, and I'm so pleased both of these got published and will be seen by many.

26 July, 2021 07:25  
Blogger Old Egg said...

Well done! Now let's hope is sells.

26 July, 2021 08:22  
Blogger Marja said...

Congratulations and well deserved Very poignant poems and loved the last line "how we long to be free too" from the poem I hadn't read yet

26 July, 2021 11:36  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!
yes, it's good to know that our work is meaningful, that someone who is suffering who reads it, knows that he/she is not alone.


Thank you!
yes, a little happy highlight in my life. :)


Thank you!
glad you like the poem "hearts". Though short, i think it fits in the emotions well.

26 July, 2021 15:16  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Magical Mystical Teacher,

Thank you!
yes, that would be a gift. :)


Thank you!
i think people can identified with such poems of grief or loss. i am glad both my pieces got published, and i hope, yes, they will be seen by many.
i think there are some submissions from Australia. are you not aware of the call for submissions? i should have given you a shout-out.


let's hope it sells. but it's not on Amazon or other online book retails, only at the APHN website.

26 July, 2021 17:00  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you!

26 July, 2021 17:02  
Blogger magiceye said...

Hearty congratulations 👏🙌

27 July, 2021 01:28  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you, my friend! 😀

27 July, 2021 13:10  
Blogger Rajani Rehana said...

Congratulations 👏

27 July, 2021 15:50  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Rajani. :)

27 July, 2021 19:16  

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