Still in Bed With the Big Three 'B's'

I don't want to write. I don't want to read.

I just want to lie in my bed like a seed,

Aware of the sunshine, its brightness and warmth,

Not 'on me', nor 'in me',  just 'for me', today,

With its rays marking bars on the floor.

The whole room is glowing, the curtains, the walls,

The smiling photos, the spread on my bed.

But not me.


'Don't worry, dear Sun!

It's just a low moment bombarded by thoughts

About pills.

So often, to help you they harm you, and add to your ills.

I've got 'cancer pills' now.

The side effects are a lengthy list

And I'm a little scared.

Ha! I'm really scared!

But now, dear Sun, I am finished with 'talk'.

I am fully ready to go for a walk.


Best medicine ever, a quick step about

Enjoying the spread of magnificent trees,

The sky canopy, the birds and the bees.

Such busyness now going on!


I know I am blessed because I can do it.

There are many sick people who can't,

Or won't.

Mind you, dear Reader, in lighter vein,

Writing is really splendid for courage.

It broadens and encloses simultaneously.

Interesting, that.

It's always a challenge, isn't it?

The big, three 'B's':



Cynthia Buell Thomas, May 2020

◄ V E Day, 2020

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Liam Osaneo

Sat 23rd May 2020 18:55

This shows real strength. Beautiful work Cynthia!

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jennifer Malden

Fri 22nd May 2020 08:46

Echo Greg's feelings entirely. Nature can definitely help one feel happier and less stressed at bad times. A walk in a beautiful wood, or sitting in the sun in a garden make one feel considerably better.


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Abdul Ahmad

Fri 22nd May 2020 00:37


Your instincts for survival come shining through in this beautiful work.

You're confronting cancer head on and continuing to live as normal a life as possible without fear.

Your courage is admirable.

Continue to harness the warmth and glow of nature.

Keep the theraputic writing flowing.

Wishing you a successful battle against cancer.


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M.C. Newberry

Thu 21st May 2020 22:31

Best wishes on your personal and out of the house.
I've just sent my sister a well reviewed book which focusses on the
importance of diet " How To Starve Your Cancer (Without Starving
Yourself)" by Jane McLelland. I certainly believe in the importance
of a carefully chosen selection of food - which is basically the fuel
that powers the body smoothly - or NOT!! It also seems logical that
self-help at home in between the medical therapy treatments can be
good for both body and spirit. After all, WHAT is the sense in giving
cancer cells the stuff they crave and be ignorant of what you;'re doing?

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Hannah Collins

Thu 21st May 2020 20:42

Powerful writing. I feel a strength coming from the words.
I am glad you shared it.


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Greg Freeman

Thu 21st May 2020 17:11

This is a brave poem, Cynthia. I'm glad that you feel that writing can help. This poem takes you on a journey that ends in hope. Our very best wishes are with you.

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