The Quiver March 2022 Poetical Challenge


Happiness does not require a cure.

Neither does feeling at peace with illness.

Otherwise, I am sentenced to discontentment,

Gripped by anxiety or resentment.


If happiness presumes wellness

I forego each day’s openings—for

Passion and learning, significance and purpose.

For indescribable joy with those I love.


Looking at the horizon for a cure

Must not take my eyes away for a cure.

From beautiful vistas and

Sacredness before me.


Illness teaches this.

I am also learning that,

While it may surprise us,

Healing can precede cures.

Used by permission of the author.

Allan Hugh Cole

Allan Hugh Cole Jr., Ph.D., serves as Deputy to the President for Societal Challenges and Opportunities at The University of ...more