Dedicated to my beautiful mum, Patricia Kramer, a breast cancer survivor.
Please feel free to post names of the women in your world who have endured this disease. It would be an honor for their names to grace this page. *
SHADES OF PINK
Shades of pink
Honor the suffering,
Solicit and celebrate healing.
Fuchsia, rose, crimson, salmon, baby-blush, coral,
One of those is my mum,
Another, your sister, his wife, a friend.
They didn’t go looking for the fight of their life,
But the storm came:
An urgent call,
Surgeons, stitches, ports, mistakes, fatigue, and pain,
Long days, therapies, sympathies,
The waiting and the wondering,
So many plans on hold.
It is an outright ordeal,
Though we color it with soft shades of pink.
Perhaps we know that
Pink wails AND whispers
In its radiant grace.
May it be a healing color-
Beauty that renews and rejuvenates,
Bringing strength and a smile
To the women of this world
Who must sail through the storm of cancer.
kpeterson March 2013
* If you have trouble posting in the comment section, please email me their name at email@example.com and I will post it for you, and breathe a prayer for them as I do.