The Sun Welcomes Me – A Poem

The theme for Lens-Artists Challenge #12 is Path. This reminds me of some poems I have written about the path I have traveled.

We may have decided on a destination or direction to go, but we don’t get to choose the path to get there. It is true in my journey. It was through pain and suffering, travel high and low, to come to where I am at this point in my life. If a time machine could take me back and give me a chance to choose a path, I wouldn’t have chosen a different path. I believe there is a reason for every season.

This poem was written in reflection to my diagnosis of stage IV Melanoma cancer in 2008. I went through six months of harsh chemotherapy treatment, three surgeries, and two months of radiation therapy. After the treatments, it took two years of physical therapy and ongoing exercise to recuperate. My left leg still suffers lymph-edema (swelling) and requires daily exercise and wearing the compression stocking.

But, I’m happy! My physical condition motivates me to go to the gym with my husband and go walking either with or without him!

Silver Falls State Park 2018.02.13

The Sun Welcomes Me

Journey through high and low

amid worrisome melanoma cancer.

The sense of mortality heightened, with

no assumption of the survival chances.

My prayer was to ask the mercy of the Maker

granting me one more moment to live.

Every new morning was a precious gift.

cloudy or sunny the sky might be,

trotting on the street rain or shine,

even when having no energy to pick up my feet.

hoping to keep up the physical strength

to sustain through six months of harsh chemotherapy.

What a profound gratefulness as treatment fading at the end

when the sun pierced through the clouds to welcome me.

~

I’m glad to announce that the compiling of my first poetry book is done. It is in the hand of the editor. There’s still a lot of work to do! ♪♫ ♥♫♪

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Path

 

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