Our Herd submits poems that help them get through the day when fighting cancer. Some are inspiring while others are just to express how they are feeling.
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what does consent mean
if you aren’t saying yes for yourself
if every incision, stitch, vile of blood
is done because i am too scared to say no
i could never eat as fast as my food could rot
milk goes sour
mold blooms on bread
even the oreos go stale
i stand each week at the counter
separating the good from the bad
What can I say about this six-letter word?
My heart hurts every time I think about it
Am I living my worst nightmare?
Or is this my destiny?
Please tell me, I am desperate to know the truth.
Through tired eyes
Remains a flicker of life’s sparkle
Dimmed, but never to go out
A new perspective
The boundaries are blurred, so I wait
Observing from a distance,
I consider my fate
In time there’s some meaning
I establish my feelings
A calming naivety, au fait
I hate that I loved it most
at its weakest
I did not eat dry toast
or monotonous meals
My secret was dying a little
while trying not to die a lot
forty thousand feet.
a terrifying height.
at least it was,
it used to be.
every shake would send me
over the edge.
I am so far from
the me who sat in that chair
cold and so afraid.
I am learning that while I may not be in control, I am still the author of my own story
You, cancer, are lurking in the shadows,
Waiting for a moment to appear again
in the tender skin on my clavicle.
Dear Breast Cancer,
Thank you for helping me find myself.
Thank you for releasing toxicity in my life.
Thank you for restoring my smile.
Thank you for forcing me to set boundaries.