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Yesterday was innocence,
I was healthy, vital, fine
Today’s diagnosis meeting
Said my tissue’s not benign

I don't feel changed; I am the same
Stress causes strength to be spent
In endless spiraling wondering...
About my future events

Are changes imposed?  Warranted?
Should I tell my friends and reveal?
How can I think and talk about 
What to me is not yet real?

Intrusive tests scheduled each day
I submit 'tho I abhor
Technicians' tough and callous ways 
My fears they simply ignore

I submit without a murmur 
As physicians plan and direct
A regimen lacking nurture
Radiation’s killing affect

Destroy cancer cells precisely 
Leave good ones whole and intact
Systems prodded and jolted
Uncertain how to react

Funny 'tho; the sun's still bright, 
I inhale smells of grass to calm
The flowers bloom, people come to love
As though to lessen the harm

I discover a legion of friends
Processing thoughts the same
Pondering thru uncertainties
Wondering who there is to blame?

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  1. Date: 5/2/2011 9:04:00 AM
    Another poem,, that strikes my interest.. sometimes i think its better if i never find out something.. dangerous to my health lingers inside... I'm fine without knowing... I got the sun and kids to look forward to everyday.. without the worries... its just sad some have to know because they where robbed away from their innocence... long before... enjoyed and take care,..p.d.