When you get the big “C”
need a mastectomy –
people will gape and squirm
worse still, get another dose
lose a kidney – horrifying
some will gasp How do you cope?
Most at first will seem to care
but really blame you for the scare
you gave them, getting it.
They need you to be managing
to be an inspirational force
so they can be oblivious
of any life-threatening illness
A valued few will help you through
and make your life more bearable.
Be careful to express your grief
at someone dying you have loved
Hold back the tears and heart felt pain
restrain your need to verbalise
the loss you feel, but must contain
your sadness at their final curtain.
Death is an embarrassment
most will avoid acknowledgement
walk away, plead another engagement.