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Cancer in Seven Rhyming Quatrains

Something different this time around. I mean, we have to shake things up now and again, right? Enjoy.

The Big “C” is what they call it.
But there’s no word big enough.
Cancer is a juggernaut, no small bit,
Every day is more and more tough.

I walked into the doctor’s office, unaware,
expecting a simple diagnosis of ulcer, bleeding.
Unfortunately, things ended shaped like a pear –
talk about a severe misreading!

Lymphoma – that’s what the news bore,
these doctors had to be wrong!
I mean, it’s not like they haven’t been before,
For me, their record of diagnoses wasn’t strong.

So I rolled inside that big metal donut,
The PET scan, the ultimate anxiety machine.
Besides being a huge pain in the butt
literally and figuratively, everything it could mean.

No matter the results, whatever they showed,
I told myself I’d face it with my usual pluck.
Of course, maybe it wasn’t what the signs bode.
Ugh, of course it is – I don’t have that kind of luck!

The treatment began while I was still detained,
Chemo and a hospital stay while I sat and stewed.
The treatment wasn’t that bad, not as pained.
Worse yet was eating that crap they called hospital food.

Cancer, something no one should ever endure,
when it comes, it’s like a tornado.
Now I wait, counting every day until “cured,”
Waiting for the end of this Gong Show.

-Daniel P. Malito, amateur poet.
Talk soon.

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Comments

  • Ann Harper moderator
    2 weeks ago

    @danielpmalito having cancer does seem unreal at times. How could it have happened to me? I research everything can about cancer, eat well, and have changed nearly everything in my life hoping for my gong show to end. Maybe one day. Wishing you the best.

  • Daniel Malito moderator author
    2 weeks ago

    @annharper having cancer mentally is switching between bouts of unbelievable, too believable, and believe in anything that will help. 🙂 Thanks for reading! Keep on keepin’ on, DPM

  • Dan122
    2 weeks ago

    Daniel, you are great. Must be the name. But No, it is You that have such a funny way to see life. Even the big C gets lighter.

  • Daniel Malito moderator author
    2 weeks ago

    @dan122 Thanks! I try, everyday, and sometimes I fail because it’s hard, but most times I’m able to find something to make me smile. Actually, you’re right, it is the name, don’t tell anyone, see you at the next meeting of the Dans. (Insert Secret Handshake here.) 🙂 Keep on keepin’ on, DPM

  • Yolanda Brunson-Sarrabo moderator
    2 weeks ago

    Love it!

  • Daniel Malito moderator author
    2 weeks ago

    @yolandabrunson-sarrabo Thanks! I figured, you know, mix it up, why not? Thanks Yolanda. Keep on keepin’ on, DPM

  • Yolanda Brunson-Sarrabo moderator
    2 weeks ago

    @danielpmalito no problem with putting different spins to our stories. Best!

  • Bob McEachern
    3 weeks ago

    Daniel, you’re the best.

  • Daniel Malito moderator author
    2 weeks ago

    @bobtalisker I try! I’m happy you enjoyed it. I figured we’d take a break from the heavy stuff. 🙂 Keep on keepin’ on, DPM

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