THE PASSENGER... You started as a microscopic cell nestled deep in my womb.
Silently summoning strength to multiply and grow.
I carried on with life, oblivious to your presence,
Unaware, unfettered, unchanged…….
My body discovered you first…before my consciousness.
Little clues that you were growing, an alien passenger
changing my natural routine to accommodate your hijack.
Slowly turning my world on its axis
It took a while to track you down, a sly traveller.
The surgeon’s skilful fingers tracing your tracks, scraping the evidence.
I imagine you shrinking away from the scalpel’s bite
all warm and cosy in your cuckoo’s nest
The doctor told me your name….an age old name.
Cancer… she said.
You surprised me…your name isn’t well known in my family.
I didn’t think you would visit me, uninvited and unwanted
It took a while for me to feel your name on my tongue,
to get my thoughts and feelings about you in perspective
Did you really think I would just sit back and accept you?
Did you really think I would shake with fear in your presence?
I will fight you every step of the way.
I’ve had you ripped from my body and still stand defiant.
Had you chemically castrated and wore my baldness with pride.
Blasted you with death rays and still I fight on.
You picked the wrong person Cancer.
How dare you think you can take my body for yourself!
One day soon you will find yourself homeless, a vagrant.
One day soon your name will be worthless, powerless.
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xx Kaz xx