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Cancer

Evil worm
Morphing flesh and blood of self
into self-killers—  
Cell by cell,  
Second by second,  
Painful seconds lasting decades  
While robbing years in moments.  
Devil who turned abuser  
Into abused,  
Who stole my father  
Replaced by a husk  
Of rice-paper skin  
Wracked by pain.  
  
   
The silent mutant  
Sulking 2 years in quiet growth  
To shout her fears  
When found.  
Violently slicing her badge  
Of womanhood  
from off her frightened chest.  
   
In the prime of youth  
He went  
Strong athletic body, handsome face  
Erased  
Replaced  
By swollen arm and shriveled strength  
Buried bone dry  
Within weeks.  
 
A baby girl fighting
Counting beads for blood draws
Treatments
Til she filled a box with battle scars
Each bead a fight.
 
Unstopping it saps the strength  
From the caretaker wife,  
the loving child,  
the ever anxious parent  
Then to deprive  
Those tender children of mother,  
Wife of partner,  
Daughter and son of father  
Boys left  
who never knew their grandpa.  
Evil incarnate…  
We spoke your hated name tonight  
As our souls cried,  
“Please don’t take  
Again!”
rubyredheart
Written by rubyredheart
Published | Edited 22nd Nov 2021
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