“A Tribute”


The wife of a colleague of mine at work learned that she had a genetic predisposition to getting breast cancer. She chose to have a prophylactic mastectomy–the removal of two healthy breasts. I was moved by her decision and wrote her this poem.

For Laura

Needing a steady place

to rest her bow,

the Amazon woman

sacrificed her right breast.

Fair trade, she thought,

for good aim and clear direction.


You, now, warrior yourself,

flatten the playing field


Hoping, we know,

for a steady place

for E and J

to grown and gain

your good aim and clear direction.

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