Pen, Pencil or Marker

Chose a writing tool

Pen, Pencil or Marker

Beware the pen,

the rigid tyrant

seizing your thoughts

as they stumble forth

held captive for all time.


Embrace the pencil,

carefree, playful, changing.

Beckoning to try again,

encouraging, renewed growth.

Free to evolve, to blossom.


Behold the felt tip marker,

flowing forth boldly,

a confidence of colour

playful exuberance

brightening the way.


Choose how you will share this new year?

Decide how to record the poetry of each day?


Beware the turmoil that threatens.

Don’t be captured, don’t be cornered.

Take the long view, eyes on the goal.


Embrace the opportunities that avail.

To plant new ideas, to feed, to blossom.


Behold the colours of each new day.

Share it boldly, brighten your path.



Author: Jasper Hoogendam

After 36 years as an educator my career ended due to a TBI. Renewable energy as part of 'walking lightly on this earth' has been and continues to be my interest since my teen years. Since early 2015 I have been learning to live with ABI (Acquire Brain Injury). I don't want to let my ABI limit the goals I set for myself. I'm living with a different brain, not a lesser brain. In sharing my day to day successes and struggles, I am better able to understand how my life had changed and begin to accept the change. In sharing my experiences I'm hearing from caregivers and fellow ABI's. I'm encouraged when my experiences are helping others understand some of the complexity of living with ABI.

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