Thursday, 27 June 2013
Prose For Thought - 1 in 3
I'm delighted to be hosting Prose For Thought this week, while Vicky from Vevivos enjoys a well earned holiday. Please link up any original poetry or prose below, and if you would like to display the Prose For Thought badge you can find it here.
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This poem was written after a recent visit to a cancer genetics counsellor. We are fighters in our family and although we have lost a few to cancer, 3 of my closest relatives have successfully battled the disease in their adult lives...
1 in 3
Cancer affects every 1 in 3,
facts and statistics across a desk.
And drew our family tree,
branches tangled of years and years,
edge of the paper and onto the second sheet.
Far flung back -
name and date and was she married?
When was her death and did she have family?
And with a pen,
circles for women and squares for men,
children and cousins and where do the branches end?
In fallen leaves, I guess.
In one or 2,
an aunt with a father we never knew,
bowel and breast and at what age and all that means for you.
For me - as well as you.
And little shadows coloured in,
you and your sister identical twins,
cancer found in women's lives made tidy by paper and pen.
And what of risk?
What of all that's merely chance?
Sheer bad luck or likelihood that it should cross my path?
She said low to moderate - she said be glad of that.
And 1 in 3?
Wind the clock back 40 years,
you and Dad and Auntie Wilma corner of the street...
Statistics for the 3 of you? You beat it - 3 in 3.