There was a time when Ryan Jo Summers didn’t know if she was going to live until her next birthday. Undergoing surgery after surgery on her pelvis, only to suffer from a stomach bug that nearly killed her.
After a two week stay in the hospital in a drug induced coma, she was finally able to go home. She’s here on Fun Friday to share her sweet poem, Cake Therapy, and a lovely recipe about the cake that she had to bake as a symbol of her year of suffering. The cake was difficult to bake, but well worth it. Click on the picture to get the recipe!
by Ryan Jo Summers
I had wanted to bake a cake, a hard one
a challenge, meant to be both therapy and fun.
A ‘difficult’ rated birthday cake, chocolate of course
To mark my birthday this year, my forty-forth.
Good intentions, I thought, to bake a grand layered cake
for my hard fought birthday, take to work, and celebrate
This year has brought many ups, down, trials and changes
and therapy I find often comes in phases.
From measuring, leveling, mix and stir
until all the ingredients begin to blur
A certain sense of unity
can be found by following the recipe
Next into the oven, then the washing up
bowls, spoons, soapy water and the cups
Except something went unexpectedly wrong
overflowing, the pans set off the smoke alarm’s song
I know it’s part of what I had asked for—the challenge
so gamely the cake base I did try to salvage
So tonight the failed effort goes into the trash bin
And tomorrow I shall attempt to bake a cake again
Perhaps this foiled start is a symbol, a sign
Of the journey this year I have taken, the hills I have had to climb
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