A psychotherapist who underwent a bilateral mastectomy writes a haiku about finding acceptance of cancer.
I am a psychotherapist who has had bilateral mastectomy. I work with many clients who are grappling with their own cancer experiences. In order to be helpful to and focused on my clients, I need to find my own acceptance of cancer through meditation, my relationships and writing.
Three Calm Haiku
I like the nuisance birds,
starlings, blue grackles. I can’t
get mad at cancer.
The rabbits return
to the moon. The pair, up there,
light the whole night sky.
Thank you, tiny white-
flowered weed, for holding soil
through this long winter.
This poem was originally submitted for the CURE® 2021 Poetry Contest.