Author Name: Katy Huth Jones
Contribution to Image and Likeness: “Victorious”
Bio: Katy Huth Jones grew up in a family where creative juices overflowed and made puddles to splash in. When not writing or taking photos, Katy plays piccolo and flute in a regional symphony. She lives with her husband Keith in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Their two sons, whom she homeschooled, have flown the nest and live creative lives of their own. Best of all, she is a cancer survivor. Find Katy on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,YouTube, and Amazon.
How did you find yourself inspired to write this/these piece(s)?
Nuclear-bomb strength chemo temporarily robbed me of life in every way, but it brought my husband and I closer than ever because we realized how fragile and precious were our lives together. This poem was my attempt at capturing those powerful feelings as we renewed our oneness.
What drew you to writing about Theology of the Body in this way?
The desire to share the preciousness of marriage, especially when it’s so easy to take our spouse for granted.
There is a lot of nonfiction out there on TOB, but the amount of fiction and poetry on the subject is certainly on the rise. What is it, do you think, about fiction and poetry that lend themselves to illustrating the tenets of the Theology of the Body?
Fiction and poetry can put a comfortable “distance” between the subject and the reader who might find it difficult to talk about, and paradoxically engage the reader on an emotional level.
Some TOB stories and poems can be evangelization tools, and some can be messages of encouragement to those of us doing the evangelizing. Which do you think yours is, and why do you think that’s valuable to its audience?
I would consider my poem encouragement, especially to others in a similar situation.
If I had to describe your poem “Victorious,” I’d call it a celebration of the marriage vow to love in sickness and in health. How well does that description fit? Can you speak to the healing power of poetry, both in the writing and the reading of it?
That’s a great description of the poem! Poetry has great healing power. Writing it is a safe way to express difficult emotions and work through the tremendous upheaval cancer and other life-threatening situations bring upon the patient and the patient’s family. Reading poetry is also cathartic to those seeking healing, because it affirms the patient’s feelings and lets them know they are not alone in their journey.