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First Place: The Monthly Lighthearted Poetry Contest #4

Yet, We Laughed

by Suzanne Cottrell
(Oxford, North Carolina, USA)

Yet, We Laughed

by Suzanne Cottrell

Left breast, cancer removed                              
Cleaner margins needed                                    
No plastic surgery                                             
Done with scalpels and sutures
Not ready to laugh        

Drive home from the hospital                             
Stopped for frozen yogurt                                 
My young daughter remarked,              
“You’ve been discabooberated.”                      
Laughter filled our car.                          

Later blocked for radiation                                
Purplish-black periods                          
Dotted my chest, perhaps a                               
Game of connect the dots                                 
Laughter filled the medical room                        

Twenty years later only                                     
Scars and tattooed dots remain             
My oncologist remarked,                                  
“You’re quite asymmetrical.”                             
“But I can maintain my balance.”                       
Laughter filled the exam room.              

Radiated left breast firm                                    
Droopy, larger right breast                                
Gravity took its toll                                           
Disguised under my clothes                               
Content, still cancer-free                                   
Reaping laughter’s healing


Biography
Suzanne Cottrell lives with her husband and three rescue dogs in rural
Piedmont North Carolina.  An outdoor enthusiast and retired teacher, she
enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and Pilates.  She loves nature and its sensory
stimuli and particularly enjoys writing and experimenting with poetry and flash
fiction.  Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies
including
North Carolina's Best Emerging Poets, The Avocet, The
Remembered Arts Journal, Plum Tree Tavern, Poetry Quarterly, Dragon
Poet Review, Burningword Literary Journal,
and Naturewriting.
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