Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A-Z Challenge

For the A-Z challenge, we decided to post a new and original poem every day (yipes!)  Today, Juliet tackles the letter "C."




Cancer


Tell me about your despair.

Trust me with your secret humiliations,

So that I know I am trustworthy.

Give me the amulet of protection that,

Only the closest Bond owns.

Make me a friend.

And I will promise you,

Truth, steadfast loyalty and laughter.

It is nothing.

These ribs spread wide, 

Scalpel sliced through layers of skin,

Your reserve will not act as armor.

Not from death or ruined reputation,

Or me

78 comments:

  1. Thank you for your bravery in writing and sharing this, Juliet.

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  2. Thanks, honey. It's been a big part of our year as you know. And there are so many people who have cancer or have a loved one with cancer (again, as you know.) I wonder why there aren't millions of poems about cancer.

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  3. Thank you for this. I work for a hospice and this is a very brave yet beautiful reflection of cancer.

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    1. Wow, Megan. That's hard work. I had a friend in hospice a few years ago and the nurse was amazing. One night, we were chatting and she pulled out a picture of a beautiful five-year-old girl. It was her daughter who had, had cancer. She got into that work because a hospice nurse had been so kind to her as she was losing her daughter and she felt that it had been more than necessary to have that. I admire what you do!

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  4. I know what is to lose a dear one to cancer and a few more fighting it. I admire their braveness in facing it. Hats off to their courage.

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  5. Another moving poem. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Ann! You are so good to visit us so often!

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  6. The epitome of an untrustworthy narrator!!!!

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    1. I have always been drawn to that kind of character ;)

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  7. You found the essence in this poem. I once had cancer, caught early, I was very lucky. I will be back and I'm now your latest follower.

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    1. I'm so glad that you liked it (and us!)

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  8. Awesome, Regina. Another one from the heart.

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    1. Thanks, Claudia! This one was by me (Juliet)but Regina's amazing poem was posted yesterday.

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  9. You'd think cancer was friendly, the way it shares itself!

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  10. I am a cancer (astrological sign)

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  11. Sounds like the cancer is luring in an unsuspecting victim. Kill it before it spreads!

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  12. I thought this was right on about deadly cancer. Very heartfelt.
    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

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  13. I'm so envious of those who can write poetry- it's such a powerful genre. I would love to share this poem, if that's ok, just by sharing your blog with a few friends.

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  14. Wow, that was very heart-touching. The use of the words Trust and Truth in connection with cancer were real.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. That's very kind.

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  15. This one hits a nerve. My Dad passed from cancer nearly 16 years ago. I remember his surgery (and so much more) way more than I want to, even today.

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    1. I'm so sorry or your loss, M.J. I'm glad if this brought you any comfort.

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  16. A very moving piece of writing. Thank you for sharing this. Sarah.

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  17. A very powerful and touching piece. I know several people who have battled against cancer. Some have won, other have not. I miss them.

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    1. I'm sorry for your losses and look forward to the day when we can beat cancer and say, "remember when..."

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  18. A thoughtful piece. Also, I like that you've opted to post poetry this month.

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  19. Beautiful Juliet. I love the idea of posting a poem every day. I've written a little bit of poetry, but I'm not that great at it. It's a gift I really admire in other people though!

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    1. Hi Karen, so nice of you to stop by. I'll head on over to find you :)

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  20. Beautiful poem. A lot of emotion in it.

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    1. Hi Christine, Thank you. I'm really enjoying this challenge!

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  21. Wonderful and profound poem. Everyone's life has been touched by cancer.

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  22. My father died of cancer so this one hit home. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing that with me.

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  23. Wow! powerful poem.
    Jagoda from Conflict Tango

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    1. Thank you! Your blog has such a fabulous name!

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  24. Cancer seems to be following me everywhere I go. Thank you for this poem.

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  25. I feel fortunate that my mom survived.

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    1. Thank goodness. I am sorry that you had to ace something so terrifying.

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  26. "Trust me with your secret humiliations,"

    That's a girly friendship thing, for sure.

    Damyanti @Daily(w)rite
    Co-host, A to Z Challenge 2013

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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    1. Ha! I don't know. I think that when people allow themselves to be imperfect with one another, they grow closer - gender doesn't really matter.

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  27. Poignant. A very revealing look at a somewhat esoteric topic.

    Beautiful, but tragic.

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  28. It helps when we explore difficult experiences with words. I would love to be able to express myself with poetry as well as you. Sadly I don't seem to have your talent. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. You should try, Sue! I'm sure you are better than you think.

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  29. What a touching poem. I like the idea of a different poem for each letter. Good post.

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  30. Wow - is all I can say really - lovely

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  31. This poem resonates for all I've known who've struggled with cancer, a truly beautiful poem that challenges the disease itself.

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  32. Beautiful poem that made me cry... I am looking forward to the rest of the A - Z poems.

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    1. Is it so wrong that I'm thrilled to have moved you to tears? What kindness it is to connect to strangers.

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