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Business As Unusual

by Madeline BennettSurvivor, Breast CancerApril 5, 2022View more posts from Madeline Bennett

It is hard to resume

business as usual

when you’ve watched the clock’s hand

move toward midnight

as flesh


Yes, it is always ticking

in that direction

(and over again)

But now I feel the seconds

beating in my chest


Hard to invest in less than beauty

when you’ve stared into the face of

existence and its lack

Stood on the edge and clung fast

wriggled your ankles from its grasp


We are all teetering here, I grant

whether we know it or not

But I cannot stop

my stomach from turning

my toes from digging in

having seen

how far it drops

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