Tuesday, February 04, 2014

for World Cancer Day


She thought she was a fortress

but cancer pitched a tent in her.
She cracked a window to let it out
but more cancer climbed in.

She tried to float above it
but the cancers poisoned her waters.

She rolled away like a fallow hill

but they had already seeded her.

She screamed at her body
as the cancers cut her out of it.
When there was only one place
the disease had not invaded—

the woman trudged up its steps
and set fire to every candle

bearing her name.



Iulia Flame said...



Cheryl and Janet Snell said...

Oh! What a nice response! Thank you. This will be one of the pieces in my forthcoming collection, Live Through This.


Iulia Flame said...

A fitting piece for a collection. Extremely moving.