and I almost didn’t notice
today was better, less
consumed by pain and terror.
When I awoke, still in bed,
for a little while I wished for
tender and unhurried sex.
Suddenly cancer wasn’t a nightmare,
nor a frightening intruder. It’s become
a foreign cousin, here to stay the year.
I got up, shuffled through a little
housework, paid some bills. Opened
the blinds to let the sun into my heart.
Today I kept down lunch, on a hunch
chose tomorrow’s menu. Let myself
want to live again.
first published in Illinois State Poetry Society
also published in Illinois State Poetry Society
also published in The Coal City Review
also published in Northern Stars Magazine
©2007 Bonnie Manion