Business As Unusual

by Madeline BennettSurvivor, Breast CancerApril 5, 2022View more posts from Madeline Bennett

It is hard to resume

business as usual

when you’ve watched the clock’s hand

move toward midnight

as flesh


Yes, it is always ticking

in that direction

(and over again)

But now I feel the seconds

beating in my chest


Hard to invest in less than beauty

when you’ve stared into the face of

existence and its lack

Stood on the edge and clung fast

wriggled your ankles from its grasp


We are all teetering here, I grant

whether we know it or not

But I cannot stop

my stomach from turning

my toes from digging in

having seen

how far it drops

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  • Joanna says:

    This is do beautiful and relatable. As a stage 4 survivor, I can relate, especially to these lines “Stood on the edge and clung fast/wriggled your ankles from its grasp”
    Thank you for putting the scary feeling of starting into the abyss not such beautiful form,

    1. Madeline says:

      Thank you so very much. Big hugs & lots of solidarity!

  • Ryan Bennett says:

    I am so proud and continue to be in a mesmerized state of joy and love in you, my dear.

  • Nickie Evans says:

    Beautifully written. Powerful.

  • Sarah says:

    This will stay with me. Thank you for putting something so difficult to say into such beautiful language!

  • Emily K says:

    Madeline, I love this poem so much! It speaks to what I have felt, and still feel now, but haven’t been able to put into words. Hope you have had many opportunities to invest in beauty. Thank you for sharing.

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