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Spirit and Body

by Anita F. Bott

My body wants to sleep all day,
all night, and sometimes more.
My spirit sometimes goes along
and vibrates to the snore.

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But oftentimes my spirit begs
my body to wake up.
“We’ve got so much adventure STILL
between the two of us.

“I jumped into this body
not only just to learn
but to run and jump and play –
and more and more I yearn

“to ride around and laugh and joke
and sing life’s melodies
and hold some hands and walk some trails
and jump waves of the sea.

“I want to hold my children close
and feel my spouse so near.
I want to be there for my friends
and face some of my fears.

“I want to stare at beaming stars
and little ants and birds
and feel the leaves between my hands
and smell the lavender.”

“But, spirit,” answered my body,
“we’ve done these things, my friend.”
“But, body,” my spirit answered back,
“I want to do them all again.”

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Anita Bott was diagnosed with oligodendroglioma over two years ago. She underwent brain surgery and radiation and is currently in stable condition. Anita is the author of the picture book A Cookie for the President, published by Greene Bark Press.

This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, September/October 2011.