Monday, April 24, 2017

health

irwin survived cancer,
still smokes,
has a fastfood belly
like a basketball.

henson, who i replaced
out here at the public works facility,
lost to a third bout of cancer
in as many years,
was healthy as could be,
was only 58 or so.




*for today's d'verse poets pub prompt and with tuesday's imaginary toads prompt.*

16 comments:

  1. Cancer has a busy agenda, & is an equal opportunity death dealer. Carcinogens are all around us, like hyenas waiting for our willingness to host them. Terrific Q44; sobering.

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  2. Isn't that just the way it seems to go? This is such a great use of the short form. Such a zinger. Well done.

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  3. I liked how you described the contrast between Irwin's and Henson's health although both seemed to share similar experiences.

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  4. You've thrown us a curve ball, Justin - didn't see it coming.

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  5. That is so sad but cancer strikes anyone, healthy or not ~ The ending was unexpected Justin ~ Thanks for joining in ~

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  6. I can relate. My brother, mother and father all died of smoking directly related to cancer. They did escape the pot belly though. I'm glad i quit long, long ago

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  7. This is so touching.. with an unexpected twist at the end..

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  8. It never makes any sense does it.. but everyone approaches it differently, some sadly aren't given a chance. Nice slice of life poem.

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  9. It's never really fair is it? there are always those that are outside of statistics.

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  10. A good reminder to enjoy every day...we never know what the future holds.

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