On My Mom's Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 13:18 -- csb

I mourn my ignorance

I grieve it almost as much as

the news

of the parasite in your breast:

The life bringing death 

just opposite your heart.

The heart I listen for

as I lay down to sleep--

a heart mine is an echo of.

What is life without it?

Is there life without it?

Mine would not be

were it not for yours.


I grieve for my innocence.

The days gone by when

I did not know.

I did not know

there was an attack on your life

from inside your life.

That closer to your heart than I am

stands one centimeter of mass

on the offensive.

And it has offended me.

For why should it be closer to you

than I am?

Even when I was inside you

--for nine months--

I was farther from your heart.


And if you now say that 

I am in your heart

then fight with all your heart,


for I fight with you.

This poem is about: 
My family


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