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You gain strength, courage and confidence by every
experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
ELEANOR ROOSEVELDT
QUOTATIONS FOR CANCER PATIENTS, SURVIVORS AND LOVED ONES
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Who Am I To Cry
by Angela Consolo Mankiewicz
ANGELA'S CHOICE
VISSI D'ARTE - TOSCA
MARIA CALLAS
Lodged in
wounds of ole
it feeds on
grief and rancor.
Cancer of the
soul.

HAIKU POEM
ROSALIENE BACCHUS
Bloated babies scream for milk
and old people wither in wheelchairs

Who am I to cry
while AIDS continues its sullen rampage
and drive-bys stalk schoolyards

teenagers flying off cliffs in search of the
    rainbow,
40-yearold heart attacks, 30-yearold paraplegics

But I do cry
over this life form in my left breast,
bequeathed by a father intent on absence;
did he fear I'd forget him?

Anger assumes blame, a wrong, a scheme
I gave up on long ago, with no regrets;
but I do cry

These tiny, aberrant cells bear me no malice;
they seek life, as I do; their rights, their desires
no less than mine

I keep my tears private, though I slip on
    occasion,
when my lover holds me too tight;

then I twist, away from myself, my shame
at thinking me worthy of pity

I'm strong, I can beat it, and if not,
I'll live trying.

But I do cry.
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