From 2000 to 2014 , Janis served as the DC support group leader for women in need of emotional support after infertility diagnosis.
Infertility Interrupts the Dream of Motherhood
A Poem About Infertility
"The Empty Flower Pot"
There is a black hole at the bottom of my flower pot,
Empty and barren as a dead bouquet
Leaving me nothing to tend, water or sow
My blooms are wilted and my stems are dry
The soil is stale and no longer fertile,
Showing no signs of vitality or growth
The hole in my flower pot runs so deep,
Filled with the unrealized dreams of childhood,
My empty flower pot is chock and full
As it flows over with expectations
Of having the greenest thumb on the block
Becoming the most nurturing gardener in the neighborhood
I often think that I would have produced
The most precious well-tended little buds
They would be well-fed, pruned regularly
And showered with the sun rays of my love
The black hole in my flower pot runs deep
Infinite in holding sadness and grief
With roots unable to hold the amount
Of water needed to sustain long life
None the less, I embrace my flower pot
Accepting the void in my garden bare,
Remembering that I am as fertile
As the love that grows inside of my heart
Sharing this love with others heals my flower pot
Refilling it with the love that returns to me
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© 2012 Janis Leslie Evans
Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on September 07, 2014:
Thank you for saying so, tazzytamar. Oh please do share it with that person. I hope it helps. I appreciate the visit and vote up.
Anna from chichester on September 07, 2014:
This was beautiful - voted up! I know someone who will really appreciate this in a currently very difficult time. Wonderful writing!
Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on February 19, 2013:
You made me smile, Katy. I'm pleased that this poem touched your sensibilities. I love Maya Angelou :-) Thank you for stopping by and commenting.
Kate MacAlpine from Anywhere, USA on February 19, 2013:
Absolutely stunning! Amazing concept - embracing the empty flower pot "and remembering that I am as fertile as the love grown inside." (I'm going to hold that phrase in my mind). Exquisite thought! All through this poem the line "...and still I rise" kept running through my head for some reason.
Janis Leslie Evans (author) from Washington, DC on October 03, 2012:
Thanks, WE. It is very special to me. I recited it a few years ago at an infertility conference. Thanks for stopping by and for the generous critique.
Website Examiner on October 03, 2012:
This is exceptional and wonderful. It is touching, moving, yet constructive. A great, calm and deep poem.