January 20, 2011

How do you say it?

"My dad had pancreatic cancer but he died when I was a senior in high school."

Revealing your story still
makes my breath catch,
tightens my chest,
I even now have trouble
finding the words to speak.

Somehow I feel unworthy
to say what happened
as if I were too happy now
to bear, submerged, this burden.

I feel my life being
reexamined, reconsidered,
interpreted anew with
this death-grey lens.

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