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This is for Elsa, also known as Liz,
an ample-bosomed gospel singer: five
discrete malignancies in one full breast.
This is for auburn Jacqueline, who is
celebrating fifty years alive,
one since she finished chemotherapy.
with fireworks on the fifteenth of July.
This is for June, whose words are lean and mean
as she is, elucidating our protest.
This is for Lucille, who shines a wide

beam for us with her dark cadences.
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Patti Masterman 29 November 2011

Wow, what a tribute to the lives we have left after the diagnosis. I salute your creativity and empathy, in this invocation to staying alive.

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Jasbir Chatterjee 27 May 2016

lovely poem, especially this line, Our saved-for-now lives are life sentences... Congrats on being poet of the day!

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Ratnakar Mandlik 27 May 2016

Simply awesome write dipped in outstanding moral courage. Hats off.

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Susan Williams 27 May 2016

Well-written tribute to the courage of those who find deeper lives each in their own way

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James Mclain 27 May 2016

Lives saved to grind away until it's dark.. iip

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How not to hold high and above the best alternative to the worst thing that can happen? Invocation is an appreciative effort by the poetess, for a clan warranting love, sympathy and care. Thanks for sharing.

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Edward Kofi Louis 27 May 2016

Nice dedication. Thanks for sharing.

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