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Worst Love Poem Ever Written

I suck at dying poems
Chemo poems, Metastatic Cancer poems,
Hair falling out in the shower poems
And I told a half truth
When I told you I could write you one
In less than six months (It's been eight)
I apologize for being so late

I wanted your poem to be pink and graceful
Like those ribbons
I see all over the internet
Filled with cheesy generic rhymes
That read like a Hallmark audition

  But already my metaphors are melting
And my similes are getting soft
 I guarantee you the rhyme meter will be off

 When I went to Google
And the typed in the word 'happy'
Three billion links came up

Not a single inference to
Breast cancer, hair loss
No redirects to mastectomies
Yahoo wasn't any kinder

The only thing research could teach me
Is that a good day on chemo
Is when your stool doesn't come out tar Black
And has no blood in it

Or when your urine
Smells better on Wednesday
Than it did on Tuesday

Sleeping less than 12 hours
When 24 would be better

America has more poets
Than it does alcoholics
   And Pot smokers combined
And you chose me to be
Your Breast Cancer
Poet Laureate

Trusting me to write a poem
About the biggest battle in your life

So I refuse to finish this poem
Without something bright and hopeful
And don't think
I didn't notice your Facebook activity
Had decreased by 88%
In the last three months

And you aren't really
Coming to any more of my poetry shows
Ever again. Are you??
But we still have March, April
Don't we?

But even if you had one breast
Or no breast

Or if you had less hair than I do
I promise to look only in your eyes
And never ever even notice
Or even think about it

And never for a moment
Would I feel sorry for you

Yes I suck at lying too...

But I don't suck at loving you
Or at hoping you wake up tomorrow morning
 With no Cancer at all
And that The Eiffel Tower will be right outside
Your bedroom window...

And I would be right there with you
Holding your hand while we look down on Paris
And you can impress me with your French again

And if I ever make it
To the Pulitzer Poetry board
I might lose a thousand points
Just for this poem alone

And my hopes for the prize will be smitten
And some old person 
With white hair will say
That was the worst love poem ever written

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  1. Date: 8/12/2014 6:19:00 PM
    Michael, this is fANTASTIC. It feels real, like it was for someone that was in your life. it would be nice to know they made it through.

  1. Date: 1/18/2012 3:24:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win :)

  1. Date: 1/17/2012 7:12:00 AM
    Congratulations on your featured poem this week Me. Love, Carol P.S. you can find the featured poets down the center of PoetrySoup Homepage. There are 4 pages of them this week and you can click and read and leave comments to the other poets. The poems are changed around each day giving your poem more exposure. The poems are up from Sunday to the next Sunday

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 7:57:00 PM
    Very Good!

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 12:48:00 PM
    Awesome write telling it like it is Me Miller.. An excellent one to share for lots of reasons

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 11:08:00 AM
    Congratulations onthe week`s winner! - oxox love Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 11:04:00 AM
    I love this poem...gripping and beautiful

  1. Date: 1/16/2012 8:28:00 AM
    Very impressive. This obviously came from the deepest part of your heart. I'm rarely drawn into a poem with a single glance at the first line, but you did that, and kept me with you from beginning to end. The person for whom you wrote this is obviously very lucky to have you.

  1. Date: 12/10/2011 4:54:00 PM
    A tough one to write but brilliant. Welcome to our corner in the poetry world. and thank you for your comments. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 12/9/2011 4:49:00 PM
    I truly believe that this is a great poem, probably the best poem your loved one could ever possibly dream of receiving. Always with love and light to ease your heart, Vie.

  1. Date: 12/9/2011 12:10:00 PM
    Like it. OXOX Hug from Norway and Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 12/9/2011 5:32:00 AM
    This is a very sad but yet beautiful poem Me. You wrote it straight from the heart and let me tell you that is where the best poetry comes from. I wish to welcome you to PoetrySoup and ask that you please continue to write and share your writing. Love, Carol