cancer

You know how, on those National Geographic nature specials, the speedy stalking animal takes down one of the herd? And the narrator explains how the prey is one of the slower, sicker, or younger members of the group?  They claim that the hunter or pack pursues the prey in a way that eventually separates out one or more for their dinner.  But it doesn’t always line up, this explanation.  Sometimes the victim seems perfectly fine, not noticeably sluggish or weak – just unlucky.  That’s how I feel about cancer.

I recently heard somewhere that more and more women who have lived healthy, tobacco free lives, are getting lung cancer. Continue reading

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words tucked away for a future day (Oct 1999)

 i haven't said …

so now i search
for understanding 
for wisdom handing
me thoughts and causes
for momentary brain pauses
before i don't say …

i don't expect a confirmation
    in the unspoken given to speech
do i hide in absolution
    before letting pronouns and a verb teach
one more lesson
    on haste making waste
    or changing truth's taste
    or maybe one i've not heard yet

needful to say but i can't find a way
to reason and find the cause behind
what is not said, nor even read.
if i do not speak, it isn't because i'm meek

my mind and heart lead me in self-honesty
so to avoid betraying,

            i'm just not saying …

Frozen Silence