The White Rose

Charmed Chaos

“There is a crack in everything.

That’s how the light gets in.”

Leonard Cohen,Selected Poems, 1956-1968

In the early days of disbelief
There arose a confusing cloud of smoke
Swirling hot pink within my brain
Consuming me with poisonous fumes

As I crawled to the edge of sanity
I looked around to understand
This arduous journey I faced
Where my cherished life might end

Seeing the angel of death I said,
Be gone from my body, dear Azrael
I’m not yet ready to take leave today
I have much to do, even more to say

My mind began to clear, my heart was at peace
The smoke began to fade and my pain did ease
For there in my soul was a beautiful pure white rose
Blooming within me, planting petals of bright hope

Author’s Note:I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and I find myself writing…

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