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Battling a Monster

There is a hostile villain that lurks deep inside, turning the human body into a battleground. With disdain, it causes pain one cannot abide, but the fight goes on until a cure can be found. It strangles hope like an noxious climbing vine, One that I wish overwatering would simply rot. It stains a body with a toxic mark. I recall the line as Lady Macbeth cries, "Out, out damned spot!" It arrives unannounced, without an invitation. attacking vital organs of an unsuspecting host In self defense, the body fires back with radiation, but the enemy has a cavalry to parry a riposte. It lies in wait, stealing courage, and moral spirit, burying itself deeply inside trenches of skin. It's proven to be a killer; no wonder we fear it! And yet, we ask, "How in the hell did it get in?" The battle rages on, leaving the inflicted weak, and it becomes a struggle to continue the fight. Faith to conquer the adversary becomes bleak, but don't surrender by waving the flag of white. The battle can be won. Cancer can be treated. A positive attitude helped many who have healed. Speak with a survivor who was not defeated. Attack that enemy who lurks within; concealed. June 10, 2021 Cancer Ivy Contest Sponsor: Chantelle Anne Cooke

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Date: 6/12/2021 1:37:00 PM
A superb piece on a truly dreadful disease that we fear the most! Cancer sucks, your poem rocks! Definitely a winner, Jenna:-)
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Jenna Logan
Date: 6/12/2021 3:15:00 PM
Initially, I had no intention of writing for this contest, and a few others, until my muse told me to wake up and write something. It was either write or paint, and I didn't feel like smelling oils. Thanks so much for the kind comments.
Date: 6/10/2021 9:35:00 AM
Excellent piece with a powerful message!
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Jenna Logan
Date: 6/10/2021 11:05:00 AM
Thank you, Mike. Welcome to the site.
Date: 6/10/2021 6:45:00 AM
excellent advice jenna,way back in 2014 when i joined the site I also wrote a poem called 'the enemy within' about my hubbie's cancer, i may revisit it and update it for the contest! There are few lives that are not touched either directly or indirectly by this disease but positivity is the key, good luck in the contest:-) hugs Jan xx
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Jenna Logan
Date: 6/10/2021 6:54:00 AM
Thank you, Jan. Those moments must have been devastating. I hope all is well now. Thank you for appreciating my poem, and I'll find yours.