Poem: Cento for My Inner Child

A cento is a “patchwork” poem comprised of lines from other poets' poems with only some punctuation changed. I post new centos periodically to share what I'm reading and keep the creative wheels turning. Citations follow each poem. This is September 2021's installment:

Cento for My Inner Child

I, at last, had compassion for her;
combed the knots from her hair,
in the hopes that she's still breathing.

Little by little, mountains are climbed.
We keep having every day we imagine.


 1 From "How It Came About" on page 2 of Conversations at the Nursing Home by Deanna Shapiro.
 2 From "Ann's Zest Ends" in Poetic Expressions in Nursing: Sharing the Caring by Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN
 3 From "Amygdala" in Brainwaves: A Symphony of Frequencies by Nicole Avila
 4 From "Things My Girlfriends Teach Me" on page 19 in What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer
 5 From "imagine" on page 103 of Finna by Nate Marshall