John Lyday

Rookie (Chicago, Ilinois)

A Romp Toward Remission - Collaboration W/ Angie Headley - Poem by John Lyday

Angie Headley wrote this poem based on some prose I wrote. She was kind enough to let me post it here

He brings her beer, she fondles it with
limp hands, stretches – languid, adjusting
the TV to a show that makes her laugh.

Too early for medication,
too late to stop chronic pain,
just in time for a cigarette – comfort food for chemo.

He thanks God for insurance,
ensuring payment for the poison pouring
a promise of life back into her – 75/25, good odds.

Survival brings loss; breasts, hair, sex,
they don't make love, they don't fnck – she swallows pills
instead with the last of the beer, staggers to bed.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 24, 2009

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