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Living With It

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Living With It

It crouches above the ripe strawberry of her left nipple -
a swelling blot on the flawless skinscape of her breast;
a mortality reminder, a dead bell echoing in her ear,
eclipsing future hope and all she holds dear.
Mornings, in the bathroom, she absently fingers it
and feels the ice-curl of chill around her heart

as subterranean steam February-frosts the mirror with a hazy gleam.
Nightly she lies thigh-to-thigh with him.
He tastes the vanilla butter scent of her skin.
She tastes horror's metallic tang; crushing close to him,
sweaty with anxiety and morbid with imaginings;
slipping through the cradle of his arms, that fault-line crack,

as the earth and her world quietly shatter apart.
And she knows words are helpless to hold back the fear-frosted air.
The horror is strung between them, taut as a tightrope
across which creep all her figures of fear -
the dream demons who whisper constantly in her ear.
And all she wants is normality's reassuring touch -

a benign, safe hand upon her arm.
She tries to hide within the details of daily living
and takes small comfort where she can:
mundane morning rituals, the clatter of diurnal routine,
dishes dunked in foam-bubble water,
telephones ringing, voices asking.

Snowdrifts of hospital appointments pile up on a table.
And she feels isolate and separate as a snowflake;
a temporal frailty melting on the heat-pulse of humanity.
She no longer feels human.
Cells mushroom and proliferate within her body's twisting maze;
sickness spreading through labyrinthine arteries,

darkness shadowing veins' corridors, gathering in nodes.
A hidden malignity glitters in the web of infinity;
her skin shimmers ice-iridescent with radiation.
Cold mornings close in.
She prepares antioxidant-rich fruit in a bowl,
slicing strawberries with surgical precision.

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  1. Date: 9/10/2014 7:57:00 AM
    This one hits home, I have a close friend who just started treatment for tonsil cancer. He too is grasping for the ordinary to help him cope with the enormity of his circumstance.

  1. Date: 9/3/2012 7:04:00 AM
    Such a touching and moving poem.

  1. Date: 7/31/2012 10:23:00 PM
    A lot of content between the opening and closing strawberry references...and much to think about. I hope the concern about skin blemishes has been allayed. I, too, have experienced those concerns. Since this appeared some time ago, I trust that if it is based on reality, that you have resolved the issue. Your point on using the distractions of daily living is well-taken. All-in-all, a skillful handling of a difficult write.

  1. Date: 9/28/2011 8:30:00 AM
    Dear C.P., ( again ) * here is another contest I did not congratulate..., stopping by AGAIN to give warm congratulations on my old contest. Sorry, I forgot to leave you a thank you *comment* of appreciation~ I hope you don't mind my copy paste congratulations.. Don't worry I have read this many times. lol. or how else would have I closed it with out reading. Can you accept my apology and old congrats on your poem. .p.d. the late bloomer

  1. Date: 9/21/2011 3:01:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest of P.D. "Your (OWN) Favorite Poem" Charlotte. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/21/2011 12:37:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win Charlotte. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 6:45:00 PM
    Congrats Charlotte on a first place win with this awesome poetry luv... grand one..

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 5:17:00 PM
    It certainly is a winner ! Congrad's twice! light & love

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 12:31:00 PM
    A very emotional write. Glad you put it on paper. Congratulations on your win

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 12:27:00 PM
    Congratultions on the first place win in the contest of P.D., Charlotte

  1. Date: 9/18/2011 11:50:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win..it is well deserved with this heart-wrenching piece..love,Deb

  1. Date: 9/17/2011 3:00:00 PM
    Excellent write.Congratulations on your 1st place win in this contest... More grease to your elbow.keep flying...

  1. Date: 9/17/2011 12:47:00 PM
    Wow this just touched me!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FIRST PLACE WIN! MUCH DESERVED!! Laura :)

  1. Date: 9/17/2011 11:22:00 AM
    a magnificent win, very eloquent, very moving..David

  1. Date: 9/17/2011 7:59:00 AM
    A shock of a tear just ran down my cheek. One reason is the subject matter so intense, the other is you took my breath away with this. Love to you a thousand fold. Vienna.

  1. Date: 9/17/2011 3:34:00 AM
    Congratulations on your accomplished place in the contest "unmentionables"...CR

  1. Date: 9/17/2011 12:42:00 AM
    Charlotte. I could feel the pain and desperation jump off the page. Excellent write. Congratulations on a well deserved first place.

  1. Date: 9/17/2011 12:18:00 AM
    :-0 WOW AND HOLY COW! Now that is what I call worthy of first place. Debbie was bang on! This had me holding my breath, unable to look away, even the police car siren wailing on the street below couldn't steal my attention away from this incredible, moving and riveting write. If you are going through this, you are a heroine. If you did this from imagination, to honour cancer combatants, you are a heroine. Purple heart, dear, purple heart. :-) Cyndi Since I loved it all, I can't pick a fave line.

  1. Date: 9/17/2011 12:11:00 AM
    Excellent-def. a powerful write-congrats. to you!

  1. Date: 9/16/2011 11:42:00 PM
    Congrats Charlotte on first place with win this fabulous entry luv.. super..

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