The Seeds of Transformation

A poem by Valera Corliss

The Seeds of Transformation

The seeds of Transformation,
lie deep, desiccated, dormant, in the
furnace of the rocky, sandy desert soil.
Dreaming of Rain…
Thirsting for waters of restoration,
of Hope and Faith in Potential,
The Possible…
Waiting for the baptism of Love that
nurtures the
from the desolation of their inheritance.
To rise above, conquer the environment of
they were held captive in,
Waiting for Refreshing waters
of Inspiration to believe in themselves,
in the ability to change,
To Grow.
To push thru the weight of obstacles,
to surface triumphant,
to blossom and thrive,
Resilient, even under the glare of fiery
Transformed and Beautiful.
Those Seeds lie in the Hearts of Many
Within you…

— 2nd Place 2019 Recovery Month Poetry Contest

Recovery Month Art and Poetry Contests

National Recovery Month, is celebrated every year in September, and the King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division (BHRD) has announced their Recovery Poster Art and Poetry Contest. This year’s theme is “Rising Above it All: Wellness, Resilience, and Recovery”.

The contest is open to adults, youth and family members who are currently participating in King County’s publicly funded behavioral healthcare system or have participated in King County’s publicly funded mental health or substance use treatment system in the past. 

Winners of both the poster art and poetry contests will receive a prize. The winning art piece will be featured as King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division’s 2020 Recovery Poster and the winning poem will be featured in King County publications.

Contact Kathleen Murphy at for a contest entry form and mark your calendar with the submission deadline on Friday, September 18, 2020.

Visit BHRD’s New Recovery Month webpage to learn about other ways to get involved in this year’s Recovery Month activities!