Cancer consumes, or: Clear-eyed

An ‘Amanda’s Pinch’ poem

Her daughter, a doctor, stays always by her side.
A collapsed lung has landed her at hospital.
Please, let it be pneumonia, we pray,
Though cancer consumes her body.
Though cancer consumes her body,
My aunt cherishes every single day.
Her will's not been whittled, not even a little,
Constantly fighting to live, constantly clear-eyed.

Murisopsis’ Poetry Scavenger Hunt

This ‘Amanda’s Pinch’ poem was written for Murisopsis’ Poetry Scavenger Hunt.

Amanda’s Pinch?

  • syllabic: 12/12/10/8/8/10/12/12
  • rhyming: a/b/c/D/D/c/b/a (with line 5 a refrain of line 4)
  • alliteration required in every line
  • it looks well centered.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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34 thoughts on “Cancer consumes, or: Clear-eyed”

  1. Wonderful expression of the angst of illness and the will to live. A universal emotion and an event we can all relate to… Thanks for playing with the scavenger hunt and especially this poem!

    1. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      In my aunt’s case, it wasn’t originally lung cancer ~ it was breast cancer, but it’s spread throughout her body ~ into her bones, lungs, etc…

      I’m thinking of you & your mom too, Filipa โค

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