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A CONVERSATION WITH CANCER

A CONVERSATION WITH CANCER

        (Encouragement for a Friend)

 

By Geoffrey Jones

 

“Hold on a minute… I’m not ready to go

Anywhere quite yet… It’s not my time… And

Although you may be my clear and constant

Shadow, I have every intention of fighting

You tooth and nail…”

 

“Well that’s brave… Is that a dare… Let the

Battle begin because I’m here to reap my

Reward and I won’t be turned away…”

 

“Hey… I’ll stand my ground… I’m not

Ready to fly off into the wild blue yonder

With you or anyone else as long as there

Are sunny days and grandchildren to bounce

Up and down on my knee…”

 

“Tough talk and bold rhetoric will get you

Nowhere… You don’t have a choice in the

Matter… I’m going to catch up with you

Sooner or later… So why not surrender

Now…”

 

“Because life is life… And as long as friends

Drop in for a visit… Or stop by to sip an ice

Cold Martini at sunset… There will always be

A reason to loiter… To hang around in the

Crawlspaces and arcades of everyday living…

And it’s the common things that are worth

Fighting for… It’s the things that you barely

Notice that matter most to me…”

 

“Okay… But let me remind you that you’re

On a very tight leash as you stroll around the

Block… It’s a short distance from here to the

End of the line… Soon you’ll be dancing with

The angels…”

 

“That may be so, but who covers the

Spread between life and death… What

Do the oddsmakers say… I wouldn’t

Bet against me… I’m in no hurry to take

Up residence in an urn on someone’s

Mantle… And I’m not quite ready to

Join the idols of my ancestry…”

 

“Hey listen up… Only you can prevent

Forest fires… Fight back if you wish… But

I’m game for this tug of war… And don’t forget

There’s a reason for everything… And when

It’s time to go… Oh well, you catch my drift…

You can’t repeal the laws of nature… There’s

A code and a scheme to live by in the here

And now… And a certain outcome to boot…

At some point it all boils down to life, or the

Alternate dimension, no matter how fervently

You beg the timekeeper for a reprieve… I

Can’t be beaten… Give up…”

 

“Yep… I get it… Everyone beseeches God…

We go door to door… Church to church…

Temple to temple… But He’s not there…

He’s got a place of his own… He’s wherever

You happen to find him amidst this bumper

Crop of bad ideas and false promises… There’s

A distinction between content and context

You know… So maybe there is a plan…”

 

“I see your point… But is it the fear of

Death… Or is it the joy of living that best

Explains why you cling so dearly to life…

I have to know before I take you…”

 

“That’s one helluva question… It’s a little

Of  both… We all know what time it is as

We reach that stage in life when wearing

A wrist watch seems silly… There’s no place

To go… Time just happens… The hour of the

Day doesn’t matter anymore… And in the

End it’s all about the joy in living… There

You have it… And that’s my final answer…”

 

“Fair enough… But I’m the scourge you

Have to beat… So let me see if I’ve got this

Straight… You live on the edge… Your

Life started on the day you were born… But

It could just as easily have ended at birth…

You struggle against all sorts of challenges

And complications… Life is tough… But

You swallow hard and carry on… And why…

Because there is joy in living… Do I have

That right… Why not surrender… I demand

An answer now… Before wrapping you up

In my arms…

 

“You got it right… This fight is going the

Distance… The whole fifteen rounds… And

I’m certain there will be knockdowns… But

This fight won’t be won or lost by a split

Decision…  You better knock me out because

I’ll rise up from the canvas again and again…

I’m not taking a dive for anyone… Not even

You… And above all else remember this…

I just might have something more to say…”

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