Breast Cancer Answers Art Gallery

FEAR AND TEARS

April

Listen to me doctor,
Understand my tears.
The pain of losing a breast
has dimmed.
Fear of chemotherapy
and unknown side-effects
immobilizes me.
Pills to take and the first IV
And half way through the night
I sit
-afraid to fall asleep.
I want to stay awake so
I know I am alive.

From Journey Unknown (Journey Press, 1994)
© 1994, Margaret Phalor Barnhart


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