Saturday, December 12, 2020

After the Almost-apocalypse

A cancer scare hits hard
and fast, like a roller coaster,
it twists the gut
and leaves the heart feeling

displaced.

Those terrible days—
the ones that snail by
while your flesh is waiting,
waiting… to learn
if bits of you are rotting inside
(rotting again, in my case)—
those days are soul eaters.

But after
the almost-apocalypse is done,
when the healer chants,
“You’re fine. You are just fine!”,
the world grows bright:
flowers bloom through snow,
flesh and blood and bones relax,
the spirit blossoms

anew.


photo by Evie S. – on Unsplash

- for Poets and Storytellers United (Writers’ Pantry #50: How Do You Take Your Notes?).

53 comments:

  1. Such good news! I'm happy for you! And relieved, too.

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  2. Beautifully said, in words wonderfully chosen and arranged. It must indeed be a huge relief (particularly because of the 'again'). I know how I felt recently to learn that some troublesome symptoms are not due to any of the dire and dangerous conditions that might have been causing them, but merely a combination of ageing and overweight – but at least in my case no-one suggested cancer, which would have been even scarier. May you keep shining on, and blossoming exuberantly, for a long time to come!

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    1. I, too, am glad that your results weren't as scary as they could be.

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    2. And I send that last sentence right back at you! ❤️🖤

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  3. Sadly as one adds on the years the body does tend to moan a bit here and there...well mine is moaning a lot but I blame my active sporty youth no doubt encouraging everything to start complaining now!

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    1. You are so right, Robin. The older I get, the more annoyed my bones seem to grow. Maybe we can hold on to the memories of those active sporty years to help us get through the moaning.

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  4. Beautiful and what a huge relief or as in your wonderful words "the spirit blossoms anew" So happy for you


    anew

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  5. You are so pragmatic and yet poetic about your ‘almost-apoclalypse’, Magaly, and, as Rosemary said, it must be a huge relief to hear those words, put your heart back in its place, and continue to dance and sparkle – blossom anew – and that makes me very happy!

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    1. And your happy makes me happy! On the pragmatism bit, I find it that it helps. The alternative brings nothing but frustration.

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  6. “You’re fine. You are just fine!” Maga, this is such great news. May your world continue to grow brighter and spirit blossoms anew! <3

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  7. Happy to hear of your healer's chant
    Have a Blessed Sunday

    much love...

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  8. that's great news!
    yes, the world grows brighter. :)

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  9. *GIANT HUGS*

    I'm so, so glad that things turned out OK. Now we all just have to make it through the winter. Here's hoping that you health trends in an upward direction!

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  10. Harrowing and uplifting at one and the same moment. Very happy for you!!

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  11. I'm doing the Joydance for your good news, AND for the fact that I got to read this really fine exposition. Happy Days, MG.

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  12. What a relief. I like the "snail by" term.

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  13. And I exhale ... an exhale of thanks you might feel way across the country.

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  14. Beautiful words, "You're fine. You are just fine." All the emotions put on hold while waiting let free again. How liberating. I too, like the "snail by" description of days slowed by waiting.

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  15. Blessings on you, Magaly. Such good news, and so beautifully shared. May your "new" start bring all good things!

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  16. “flowers bloom through snow,
    flesh and blood and bones relax,
    the spirit blossoms
    anew”

    Beautiful.

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  17. Hearts and love and light and stars and balloons and loud music and cheering and .. and... finally, peace. Well, you know.

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  18. Oh, may the blossoming go on and on and on! Blessings to the healers, all of them!

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  19. Wonderful news! I love 'spirit blossoms anew.' I am so happy for you.

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  20. I do love a happy conclusion to a near-apoclalypse.

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  21. Good news ! It's a terrible time waiting for results.

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    1. Indeed! I've always felt that the waiting is more torturous than the rest.

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  22. There is definitely a delicate, painful balance we must walk when waiting for medical news. You have expressed it brilliantly. Keep blooming

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    1. Thank you, Susie. And I know you'll keep on blooming, too.

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  23. This is good news! I enjoyed reading this poem and particularly admire the use of "snail" as a verb.

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  24. Your last verse is the desired outcome, I am very happy for you. I liked best your summation of those feelings, "the spirit blossoms anew."
    Thank you again for the note taking blurb, and for visiting me.
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  25. I'm crying!! Happy Dance!!! Love you Magaly!!! I am so happy!! BIG HUGS!!!!

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    1. And I love you right back! I so hope we can do more of this dancing in the summer--or whenever things get safe enough for you to have your own health issues addressed. Sending you hugs!

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