frozen pea friday: poems about cancer

today friday, as usual, a post having to do with cancer. to finish off april, the poetry month, i’ll serve up three poems.

winter sun lace

the first one is one i wrote shortly before my friend nikaiah jaguar left us.

nikaiah
butterfly woman
your bones are so thin the moon shines through

some say
the moths are eating you
but we know
you are becoming one with the light.

here one by denise larrabee, from the cancer poetry project:

you are in my thoughts
are with you are part of
the ?prayer chain? at our
church will say a mass
for you accept all
prayers on your behalf we
will say a rosary for you
tonight lots of people
are calmly, psychically
cheering you on sunday
will light a candle for
you are in our thoughts
and prayers are being
said for you need all the
health karma there is a
candle lit for you in
front of my madonna has a
special place for young
women in trouble require
positive and healthy
energy to kiss someone
you love when you get
this letter and make
magic.

and lastly, one that has been floating around the web for a while, by an author whose name we don’t know. i found it at ma walking wolf:

what cancer cannot do

cancer is so limited…
it cannot cripple love
it cannot shatter hope
it cannot corrode faith
it cannot destroy peace
it cannot kill friendship
it cannot suppress memories
it cannot silence courage
it cannot invade the soul
it cannot steal eternal life
it cannot conquer the spirit

(image by nancy waldman, a fellow canadian)

6 thoughts on “frozen pea friday: poems about cancer

  1. Damien

    Me neither. I can tell you though if I did face the challenge of cancer I would want poems like that to comfort me. It is an excellent telling … a purging. This is what it means to be human and mortal.

  2. Nancy

    Thanks, Isabella for including my photo with these sensitive and emotionally rich poems and your blog. I’m happy to be associated with both. The photo was taken last year in Asheville, North Carolina on a sunny (but cold) February day.

    All the best,
    Nancy

    Nancy’s last blog post..Winter Lights on Second Life

  3. Cynthia

    Thank you! My mother just told us she has breast cancer, I know this is happening to her but I needed support so bad, to understand what she is feeling and going through. Thank you again

  4. Meagan

    I love the poem “what cancer cannot do” I just lost my grandmother back in august from brain cancer. And I just found out today my other grandmother has cancer.

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