this cancer is just as stubborn as you are

Written by: Maya Kaabour

Aunty, this cancer is just as stubborn as you are.

But I won’t let you go.
I’m gonna pull these
Dark blue sheets
Off your dormant dreams.

I’m gonna trap your worries
In little glass jars, aunty,
And let them light up the room
Like fireflies.

I’ll use up all my savings
To get you colored bandanas
To cover that big stubborn head of yours
Aunty, I love you

I’ll sing you country songs
Put a smile on that beautiful face of yours
Dress up for a tea party in your bed
Kiss you without that wig
Covering your head

Maybe it’s because we share
The same warm brown eyes
But aunty, I won’t let you go.

I’ve got a paper bag with me 
Incase you get sick again
But don’t you dare wear it on your head
‘cause this cancer isn’t who you are.

You hear that aunty? 
Don’t you cry.
I love you.