Me and you and Cancer
Sitting here together in the room
The doctor ice skating around us and Cancer.
But Cancer has made the room thick with things known and unknown, the spoken and not.
For if we say it aloud it makes it more real.
To acknowledge Cancer is here, to breathe vitality, relinquish power.
I fold Cancer’s report minutely in my hands. If I can make it disappear in my hands maybe it won’t be true.
You and I swimming in it
Trying to reach each other
And wrangle with the news
Steady ourselves for what’s to come
I put on a brave face for you.
Tensed and ready to spring into action
To be the warrior you will need
For the battle to come
With those in the room
And all the things unknown