|Myosotis sylvatica (wood forget-me-not)|
skin cells berserk, pale blotch of pink and red
fast growing weeds to pluck from garden beds
the crab is crawling, humming cancer can-
cer-tainly hold tight, will not say goodnight
she is born under the sign of the crab—
cancer—walking sideways, telling truth slant
body pieces discarded coast to coast and
biopsy cutouts in bottles of she
stomach slice in Philadelphia
hysterectomy in San Francisco
sun skin sun skin sun skin sun skin sun skin
closest star and biggest organ dancing
skin cells berserk, pale blotch of pink and red,
fast growing beauty marks on tissue fed
cancer cells angry, raised, fuzzy dark with
swiftly growing storm clouds growling in sky
in the darkest hour, people find and friend
her, bring food and tea, wash her feet, their hands
Posted for my prompt Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Cancer.
Note that Hippocrates named the disease "cancer"
which is the Greek word for "crab."
Copyright © 2015 S.L.Chast