I once believed I had no time
I was busy every day
The kids, the job, the house, my dog
Life got in the way
From early morn to late at night
I worked, I worked, I worked
No time to eat, no time to sleep
In the wings, my cancer lurked
I hunkered down and moved along
There was no way I could delay
A deadline here, a meeting there
And birthdays merely days away
There was no time for me to breathe
I was cloaked from head to toe
In obligations, bills, and chores
Life did reap what I could sow
But in the wings, my cancer lurked
I hadn’t seen the sign
It had been moving steadily along
To take what had been mine
My health, my spirit, and my time
The time I never knew
The cancer robbed all I had owned
But had changed my point of view
The time I thought I did not have
Was now staring back at me
The life I thought I would have lived
I had to set it free
I was raw. I was naked. I was afraid.
“Who am I now”, I thought?
What would I do? Who would I be?
Would I have another shot?
I stepped with time and kept its beat
I moved together with its stride
And danced life’s dance on broken glass
And swallowed all my pride
Would I survive what was to come?
Would I be given a cure?
What would the treatment make of me?
Time held a new allure
Day by day and week by week
My strength it did return
I was not the same as I once was
But no longer did I yearn
For the life I had or had not seen
For the hectic pace I kept
The grace I’ve seen with clearer eyes
With gratitude I’ve wept
I’ve stood upon my own two feet
And raised my hands up high
I lift my voice to roar aloud
Upon it I can fly
I stand before this gift of time
Unshackled, bare, and bold
And I expose my vulnerability
Its beauty to behold
My journey is not over yet
But never do I fear
For, I have the hope, the will, the strength
To embrace another year!