Monday, December 31, 2007

The Enemy

Free Day for ReadWritePoem December 31, 2007

I checked the site and the prompt was: sanitary

Well, that wasn’t doing anything for me so I let it percolate for awhile. But all I could think about was what was happening to a little 11-year-old girl. Her mom has a crafting blog that I visit and just before Christmas they found out that Meghan has bone cancer. Her mom started another blog to record this ordeal. They are looking for all the strength, prayers, and wishes they can get.

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The enemy
crawled into her arm
slowly, like a mountain
lion creeping up
on its prey

then curled
in the nest of bone
to chew away
on tissue

piece by piece
at will.

Now, the sheriff
and his posse
are out scouring
the terrain
for this predator

huge guns
in their hands
trigger fingers
itching to shoot

while she lies there
that they won’t miss.


Anonymous said...

Poor baby, and mama. I hope the sherrif and his posse know how to track bad guys.

Jo said...

Anything like this terrifies me, I will keep them in my thoughts, and I hope the sherrif has big guns. How awful.

jillypoet said...

This is such a well-written poem. Not sentimental at all, but rather, straight-shooting. Pardon the pun, I mean that in a good way. You get to the heart of something ugly with just the right, powerful words. I will keep them in my prayers, as well. My neighbor has sort of the opposite scenario--a single mom with breast/bone cancer. Her daughter is 6.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I will keep them in my thoughts too. Your poem is excellent, sets up a thought provoking scenario that avoids sentimentality

Mad Kane said...

Wow! Very powerful!
Mad Kane

FireGodOkami said...

=3 you've done it once again! i really like this one too, gives a meaning beyone the meaning. i can see it playing through in my head. i hope meghan recovers soon.

rex said...

very nice touching

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