Friday, December 7, 2012

Live with it

Cancer strikes more people but death rates are falling
METRO, 7 December 2012

People ask me how
and why I learned to live
with the constant threat

and it’s none of their concern,
but in truth it is their concern
that’s now the only thing

can make me
in moments of weakness
lower my guard enough to cry.

My friend found a tumor
benign, inoperable
a constant aid to mindfulness.

My husband has a feeble heart
that even with a surgeon’s stent
is too weak to feel

anything but impotent rage.
He has learned to express himself
and I to live with it.

(c) 2012 Slush Poet

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