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When Sagittarius Met Cancer

It came to be that unknown visitors tarried at
my doorstep during my contagious sleep; 
One in particular walked inside without just 
permission. Indeed, the boldest lump I ever owned. 

There was a slight whisper in its omnipresence, 
And I sensed the culture of fatality spreading though 
my innocent veins. The acceptance of a layered mistress 
on my favored throat wrinkled my composure. 
I could not fathom prosperity without the weakness of
exclamation accompanying the hour glass. 
Still, passions had yet to divorce the sprit. 
I pressed forward baring the imprint of ailments 
in motion. 

Of these things altered from the temple was my
cranial topping. I paused and witnessed these 
strands of coverings rain freely on my dark shoulders. 
With one hand, I swept through the deserted peak, 
and discarded the remaining follicles. 

As the weeks made weaker of my shell, the weight 
of excess flesh began to decrease, and I summoned 
for strength. 
What became of these failed attempts to focus beyond
the crippled stance? A constant tremble that would not
lie still, and frail poetic fingers that could not resist speaking. 

As I mold these unfortunate cards into platinum, I now teach 
my offspring the majesty of life. 
I stress that the fruit must be honored and made intimate. 
Never deny its substance. Denial is what became my thoughtless 
trigger of yesterday. But as I sat among the children dispersing jewels, 
I noticed the skin of a now depleted apple, fall at my feet. 
I smiled deeply in rapture, knowing that our anatomies would 
meet in the imitation of devourment. 

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  1. Date: 4/3/2015 7:58:00 AM

    Fantastic but a very sad write. This is the best title for this poem I have ever seen. You would never think it has to do with cancer. A 7...from me! God Bless you and your grandmother.
  1. Date: 4/1/2015 7:00:00 PM

    Wow! Awesome poem, and such a wonderful title too. I hope your Grandmother can beat this. God Bless you and your family. love and hugs, catie :)

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