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Trying to Talk About My Cancer

Trying To Write About MY Cancer

“Come back, in a few days”
William Epson

Leaves that ordinarily fall
in bunches of bright autumn hues
are falling to my surprise,
one grey leaf at a time for me.
A single leaf breaks off
at its stem to pause the season
allowing my elbow to bend and rake
my imagination for the color
each leaf was before it died

About this poem

I was diagnosed with colon cancer in late 2020 and have undergone colorectal surgery. I was cancer-free for 12 months but it showed up in my liver. Surgery again in Feb. 2023. I have a "Cancer Journal" but haven't been able or willing to write many poems about the disease I am "surviving". The submitted is an attempt to do so.

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Written on March 16, 2023

Submitted by connectallan on March 24, 2023

Modified on April 20, 2023

22 sec read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 456
Words 75
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 1, 2, 9

Clarence Allan Ebert

As I mentioned; a Baby Boomer fighting cancer - first colon and now a little in my liver. Been writing poetry for a long time but never more so than during the COVID pandemic. Just trying to remain relevant. more…

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Discuss the poem "Trying to Talk About My Cancer" with the community...

  • ZMosa
    penning for healing, emotional piece as it should be coming from an honest okace and true experience. well expressed
    wishing you all the best
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • connectallan
      Thanks. I appreciate you reading the poem and valuable insight. I'm doing well at this time.
      LikeReply1 month ago
    • ZMosa
      it was a pleasure
      LikeReply1 month ago
  • donka_k
    A moving and deeply meaningful poem. Wonderful imagery that stayed with me after reading.
    LikeReply1 month ago


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