March 27: Uncertainty


when the cancer diagnosis came
we positively forged ahead
masectomy, radiation, chemotherapy
tasks to be checked off and
completed in the fight against
the mighty monster.


came and time passes, nearly
five years and the monster
regained its strength
dormant, not dead.

diagnosis number two came
we positively forged ahead
an everlasting battle to the death
every last possible solution
swapping blood with a stranger
experiments and fortitude.


no.  not one moment can be
counted as loss
monsters of body and mind and
the quavering uncertainty
of returning fear and anger
even then life requires an
accounting of loving moments.


March 27:  On this day in 1964, Alaska was hit by an 8.4 earthquake. The “Great Alaska Earthquake” was the most powerful earthquake recorded in the U.S. and North America. Reflect on uncertainty.

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Today’s Postings:

Lady Nimue

Cloaked Monk

Sharmishtha Basu

Mangetout Etc.


Viv in France

Verse in a Nutshell

Haiku Love Songs

Mike Patrick

Honey Haiku

Light Verse

Buddha's World of the Arts


Becca Givens

Categories: Poetry Post-a-Day


  1. trisha said on March 27, 2011
    this disease scares me a lot. my heart goes out to these people who have to live with the killer residing inside them. what a horrible nightmare. i hope its a work of fiction. trisha
    1. Terri said on March 27, 2011
      this is actually my mother's story. she was diagnosed with breast cancer, "did battle," won and then almost made her 5 years clean. she died in 1992. it was all consuming. but the important part is that she fought for every moment of every day through to the end.
      1. Becca Givens said on March 27, 2011
        As a cancer survivor, I know the residual effects of this disease. My heart goes out to each fighter and their loved ones ... may the legacy of the positive spirit have the ripple effect! Well done and special tribute via the prompt ~~ becca
  2. earlybird said on March 27, 2011
    I too hope this is a work of fiction. 'Monster' indeed. Nicely upbeat at the end.
  3. vivinfrance said on March 27, 2011
    This scenario is all too common - my best friend died last summer after enduring constant harrowing treatment for seven years. Your poem reinforces my sense of uncertainty. My poem:
  4. goldenhairbear10 said on March 27, 2011
    Lovely verse! Here is my submission:
  5. dani said on March 27, 2011
    very powerfully written, especially poignant that it is your mother's story. here's my poem ~
  6. Mike Patrick said on March 27, 2011
    I'm gambling on this one.
    1. Terri said on March 27, 2011
      Mike, I have never known you to let us down! I am sure your gamble will be a net gain. :) Now I'm going to go visit.
  7. Mike Patrick said on March 27, 2011
    Somehow, a donation and wearing a pink ribbon does not seem enough.
  8. Sam373 said on March 27, 2011
    My mother out lived Tuberculosis 40 years, cancer 25 years. She lived 9 years after triple bi-pass surgery then stalemated Alzheimer by dying at 86 years of age. My mother believed that she should concentrate on living while she was alive and she would worry about death after she died.
  9. honeyhaiku said on March 27, 2011
    Powerful and indeed one of life's greatest uncertainties.
  10. RJ Clarken said on March 27, 2011
    Heisenberg said it best, but still, I gave it my best shot - I think. Thanks!
  11. Paulo Guimaraes said on March 27, 2011
    I like this poem and the prompt, we never know what is waiting us in the future, that makes it more appreciated. I have been feeling this way with my life lately, sorry for missing some days. Have been in bad spirits, trying to get back to a positive state. Here is my submission:
  12. Jingle said on March 27, 2011
    This is fun, I posted my entry, Happy Monday. xx
    1. Terri said on March 27, 2011
      Got it!
  13. Becca Givens said on March 27, 2011
    I'm late, but here is my contribution:
    1. Terri said on March 27, 2011
      You are not late! It is still March 27!
  14. Jingle said on March 28, 2011
    A++ thanks for linking. I thought that you write another one, on previous page..
  15. Jessica said on March 29, 2011
    That's very moving, and I like your determination not to give in. The poem construction works well to put your passion across.
  16. fiveloaf said on March 29, 2011
    sad to learn about your mom cloak.. my potluck if you can spare the time..
  17. Iwrite4u said on March 31, 2011
    touching and sad...powerful poem
  18. hairyprincess said on April 3, 2011
    I'm sorry for your loss. Cancer is such a horrible disease.
  19. Terri said on March 11, 2012
    Reblogged this on Cloaked Monk's Blog.

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