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Ribbon Tied

And what do you know? DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW HARD IT IS TO FIGHT WHEN THOSE AROUND YOU BLAME YOU FOR YOUR WARS?!!! Do you have any idea how hard it is to plummet your body and rise to find the strength within when your body withers and betrayal beckons? But that’s what she had to endure…. Flashback Her struggles: Pain coarsely wrapping itself round her heart The doctor’s diagnosis having hit its mark The instinctive denial springing from her lips Her fights: Consuming pills trying to curb the cancer’s appetite Battling depression, despair and feelings of unworthiness Struggling to keep her wits when her husband treacherously turned to another. Her determinations: Going through chemo to give herself a fighting chance Working despite pain to feed her offspring Building memories and support groups to help others cope Tying a pink ribbon as a symbol of hope, endurance and survival Lessons learnt In a land where ‘fine’ is the only acceptable answer to ‘How are you today?’ In a land where cancer is classified among the ‘foreigners diseases’ In a land where counseling and support groups is an unheard of concept … Those that endure and rise above their woes to impact on others lives are those whose lives we are fortunate to have a share in. Thank you for impacting my life.
For N.K., the one whose life cannot be summed up in words.

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  1. Date: 12/7/2012 6:49:00 AM

    A Super Congratulations on your placement in P.D....'s "Femme fatale" contest Vicky. Love Carol

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 1:58:00 AM

    Many many congrats for this lovely write and win.

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  1. Date: 12/3/2012 4:02:00 PM

    I am stunned by this powerful, angry and elegant poem, Vicky...thank you for impacting MY life too...congratulations - Tim

  1. Date: 12/3/2012 3:47:00 AM

    Congrats on your winning place Vicky love xx

  1. Date: 12/2/2012 5:48:00 PM

    Congrad's on your winning write. Always a winner in my book. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/2/2012 9:56:00 AM

    My heartfelt congratulations on your great win my dear friend, Vicky! Thank you so much for your precious time stopping by to read mine too. Again, Congratulations and cheers! love and hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 12/2/2012 7:33:00 AM

    I enjoyed reading your poem again. So happy for your win, this writing is so impactful.

  1. Date: 12/2/2012 4:13:00 AM

    Vicky. :-) Congratulations with your heartfelt poem.. always~ PD

  1. Date: 11/11/2012 9:35:00 AM

    wonderful and inspiring

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  1. Date: 11/1/2012 8:48:00 PM

    AMAZING. That is all. (: Always, Laura

  1. Date: 10/29/2012 12:39:00 PM

    ... well ... well, while one nods 'yea' to this humanistic efoortly piece, Vick, 'tis sad but true to say that everyone seems indicted ... maybe everyone may not exhibit the 'same' fault ... 'don't we all do this?' as ngugi wa thiong'o asks in his famous novel ... this world seems fill'd all kinds of faults that as one blames the other this other had something to blame in that one ... this earth my sister ... we've got to forgive to forge ahead!!!!!!!!!! canny

    Tsiluma Avatar Vicky Tsiluma Date: 10/31/2012 1:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for quoting Ngugi!
  1. Date: 10/28/2012 3:04:00 PM

    ‡ Although I Myself Carry Neither Ball Nor Chain In Regards Unto This Place Or Time, Sweet Beautiful Vicky; Having Been Lifted From Dust Made Haze Embracing Temporals Glass. I Do Have Compassion, Empathy And Love For All Whom Suffer Within Any Measure. I Admire Immensely Whom Rise And Fight And Share And Love. Kiss Their Hearts And Spit At Hate. A Thousand Other Truths In me Of Nothing At All. 'You, You Are Beautiful.' I Love Your Character Love And Your Poem. Beautiful As You. My Love, Rachel *

  1. Date: 10/28/2012 2:23:00 PM

    A very sensitive and well written poem Vicky. - Have a nice new week. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 10/28/2012 12:55:00 PM

    I hear you, when some one is sick it seems many really don't want to hear how they are feeling. To have the question answered forces us to face our own mortality, easier to pretend all is well. Well written and impactful, the next time I ask how are you I will listen carefully to the answer, if it doesn't come I will ask again.

  1. Date: 10/28/2012 12:16:00 PM

    This evoked a lot of emotion in me when I read it... I have had my fair share of loved ones diagnosed with cancer, some not surviving. This poem is relatable and very true.

  1. Date: 10/28/2012 11:38:00 AM

    Wonderful 'exposé' of a very dismal gap in our 'humainty'... one day, maybe, when compassion for people (and not for profit) forms the 'bottom line', such sad stories will no longer be... Terry