Pain – Fear – Cancer #oneshotwednesday #poetry #cancer

How do you douse 20 years of pain

that falls like sheets of  pouring rain?

with a needle, a pill

or  a strong stubborn will?


How do you face unfaceable fear?

the adversary today certainly not clear

A shotgun, a dagger

an act, a feigned swagger?


How do you battle multiple growths of  Cancer?

For so many I wish I held the answer

strong arms  a bucket for the tears

truck load of warm loving prayers


To you who suffer there is no plan but there is in fact a place to turn.

I’ve heard there were no atheists in the foxhole.

I assure you there are few who don’t seek the strong arms of a God in a Cancer ward.

As I write this, I am packing to go to a cancer hospital to find out where my cancer is at.

( I do believe in miracles;  I have experienced way too many to not believe in victory.)

When I face fear I get rather cold and distant – if any of you have felt this from me please don’t take it personally.

I guess this would constitute as a gray poem not dark

Happy One Shot to all and thanks to each for their contribution.

Thanks for the photo of this grafitti piece:

Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. In 2019, we have an exciting project. We are developing elementary curriculum for Ugandan children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children who want to learn. Along with the curriculum, we hope to develop simple fictions about Uganda for the children to read at school. Trust me books are in short supply. We will use our trusted story tellers: a butterfly and a lion to make the stories come alive. Stay tuned as Bethany and Me put pen to paper. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2012 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the (quiet) originator of the idea and co-producer of One Stop Poetry. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

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  1. snap know what your going through …i have 10 days wait ! ….but have been here before kind off, the imagination is cruel when one doesn;t have the facts…so one tend to distance one self ….am here if you need to rant ! Wish you all the luck in the world ( not sure about a god at this time ) …..good write if painful thank you …..your friend !


  2. Well written Moon…and heartfelt. Radiation has left me drained on many days and yet on most (not all) days I pray that there is hope. That prayer includes you, my friend.

    Wishing you the best and knowing that above all things…”God is faithful.”


  3. Four times each year I get checked to see if it has returned–and I received a $2,700 shot-in-the-butt to keep it from progressing. (No, I do NOT have to pay for that shot–hormone-type stuff!)

    Leslie, since I am quite a lot your ‘elder’–that could be the reason I had no fear during diagnosis and treatments. But that is no consolation for YOU–NOW!

    A tip: I just prayed for my doctor(s) that God would keep them focused. Instead of praying for ME! My main oncologist died of a brain tumor-cancer during my own battle, and that WAS a shock.

    Medical science is SO much improved than only 10 years ago…and for YOU I am grateful for THAT! Main thing…don’t quit or give up–I mean mentally. Keep a joyful attitude. I believe that is more helpful than a truckload of medicine. MY Opinion–grin!

    B less you. Good luck. Please let us know what is going on.



  4. Oh this is turning out to be a sad day for me – I have come to blog after so long because of unavoidable circumstances. I feel sad to know that you have cancer. Will include you from today in my prayers dear Moon. And Brian says that was his last one shot.


  5. I read this yesterday on my Andriod…prayers were prayed. Poetry usually has a vunerable taste to it but his is raw and uncut and vurerable. Thanks for keeping it real and personal. I am sorry about your battle and I will pray and place the prayer in the truck bed. May you experience the perfect Love of God. “Perfect love casts out fear” the scriptures say.


  6. Thank you for using your trial in a positive way by sharing your heart expression to be an encouragement to others and a reminder to those who don’t understand. May God strength, heal, and grand you the peace no one can understand expect those who have experienced it.


  7. Touching piece, faceless foe always creates so much fear in our minds. I intend you health and harmony with the process of healing. My love to you ~ Rose


  8. Yes indeed! Fear of the unknown has the capacity to bring out the darkest and worst in us I guess…
    I can only hope and wish that you pull yourself out of this dark ditch soon, and spring back to your fearless confident self…

    Loads of love coming your way…


  9. Cancer warriors and survivors are brave and courageous, just as you are, fighting. Thank you for sharing openly about it. Wish the best for you!


  10. Thanks for the great message in your poem! Fear and pain are definately the two major things we need to work with and overcome in this lifetime, and journey on planet Earth.

    Each of us experiences different forms of them in our life at one time or another, and they are, indeed, the great equalizers in America’s newly emerged caste system.

    My favorite part comes when you write after your poem: ( I do believe in miracles; I have experienced way too many to not believe in victory.)

    I can relate to that also as I have been blessed with miracles, and see beyond the “visible.” There are also angels here also, to help us through our difficult challenges.

    Sending you light, peace and ☺ 光 ૐ † 道 ♪ ღ …



  11. Have lost too many near and dear to a variety of forms. Others still fight, or await the time when the remission ends… My thoughts and prayers go out to you and for you during these difficult times. Keep your sights on God and on the winning line. It is with heartfelt strength that you will find your way.


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