From the outside looking in
her home stands in utter disguise
a picture perfect portrait
a veil to hide normalcy’s demise
The trees nestle the walls of her home
and the secrets it contains
with no hint of the intruder
only whispers of the fear and pain
From the inside looking out
all of life now so much more profound
 at first measuring the minutes and the days
doing her best to make them count
Every task is a battle
each precious moment fought and won
with amazing courage and strength of heart
she’s beating all the odds
Her family stands beside her
both as a shield and a haven
but is is within her own depths
where she alone fights this invasion
It is she who must endure the thereapy
hurting her to help her with the fight
then smiling and reassuring others,
“Don’t worry, it will be all right”
Within the sanctuary of her home
she can surrender to her tears
knowing that even the courageous
have battled through their fears
The battle leaves her weary
the invader, Cancer, takes its toll
but she lifts her head toward the sun and
finds the strength to continue on
She forges her own path
savoring each day’s precious gift
a true inspiration to those around her
her battle too long fought to predict
Whether it be one or a thousand days that remain
each one will be infinitely treasured
throughout her valiant journey,
her most important lesson changed ….
Life is much too precious to be measured. 

* Written for a special family member whose courage and strength is an inspiration as well as a tribute to all those and their families, who have fought or are currently fighting the same battle and learning, as we all should, that life is much too precious to be measured.

Written for Magpie Tales, Mag 29

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