Breast Cancer Benefit

Today’s poem is about the remarkable strength and grace I’ve witnessed in cancer survivors, in this case, breast cancer survivors.  


Breast Cancer Benefit

What matters is not the cancer.

Nor is it the bald head,

the misshapen blouse,

the scarred chest,

the ashen skin

that does not seem to fit

the sunken cheeks.

It is how these women laugh and nod

and agree about cancer

as if it is the daily news, a new joke,

an old truth;

how they tilt their head in a way

that says grace,

how they walk with an air that says

I am miraculous,

how their partners look as if

they might just be overcome with agony

and joy

if given just one more moment to watch

as these women bask in life.

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