Words of Inspiration

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by Linda Goss

I’m in the light,
But I’m not out
Of the woods.

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ABCs of Cancer

by Sylvia Solomon

A great day to be alive
Believe in your survival
Cry if you need to

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I’m Still Me

by B. Diane Landon

I’m still me.
With or without makeup,
I’m still me.

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by Charlie Altersitz

If we pretend long enough,
Maybe it’ll just go away
Maybe we can wake up tomorrow morning
And laugh without the awkward tension
Maybe our jokes won’t come off the tongue
With nervous apprehension
Does it hurt to laugh?
Maybe I won’t say anything at all.

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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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Knitting in the Chemo Room

by Felicia Mitchell

On my lap, purple yarn and plastic tubes:
a tangled web of medicine,
the cord for my headphones,
knitting as necessary as Herceptin,
Taxotere, carboplatin, sodium chloride.

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by Meg Osborne

At church a man says, “You must wake up every morning
and just PINCH yourself!”
Well, I want to pinch HIM or at least clip his head with my purse.

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Letter to My Former Self

by Joanne Doyle

To the pre-cancer dreamer of life.
How I envy your naïveté.
Untouched by a dreaded disease,
Death always far into the future.

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