At the Top of my Lungs: I Seem to Have Cancer Today

At the Top of my Lungs: I Seem to Have Cancer Today
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“A poem begins with a lump in the throat.” — Robert Frost

Corpus Corrupted

I seem to have cancer today

A rude guest who won’t go away

It hunts from inside

I have nowhere to hide

It is predator, I am its prey

I seem to have cancer this week

I’m stunned at the havoc it wreaks

My corpus corrupted

My life interrupted

My plans for the future oblique

I seem to have cancer this spring

Yet somehow the swallows still sing

Animals frolic

In pastures bucolic

While I fight to the death with this thing

I seem to have cancer just now

I don’t know, so don’t ask me how

Not a dream, not a hoax

One of Life’s little jokes

When you’re not looking… Kapow!

I seem to have cancer this year

I feel sorrow but somehow no fear

Before I check out

I have one thing to shout

At the top of my lungs, “I WAS HERE!”

This column originally appeared on parade.com. For more by Jennifer Glass, click here. “Like” Jennifer’s Facebook page here. See her Fear.Less. video here.

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