Welcome to the Holiday Blog Tour ... Did you have a chance to read yesterday's short story "Sacrifices" by Natasha Oliver? You should. Her story beautifully captures the intricacies of family, motherhood and identity.
Tomorrow, please visit the blog of Lupe Mendez, a truly stunning poet.
A year ago, nearly to the day, I was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. It's been a year of impossible decisions and recovery and reflection. Poetry is not my first language. But capturing the heady, raw emotions of what I went through seemed to call for the limitlessness that, paradoxically, only a compact form can provide. Here is my entry.
The Mayan calendar ends
We stare at the images of my breast
faceless to each other
“Here,” the doctor says, “And here.”
He traces invisible circles
on the spiderwebbed surface of the moon
This is where we will take
and mine for my future
The shadow of a snake appears
on the temple where sacrifices are made
Somewhere a hunter stumbles upon
a lone rabbit’s foot left
clamped in metal jaws