Cancer Survivor in the City

The city
etched her face
into a pie chart

wedges of a nose,
eyes shadowed,

each an escapee
from the big

a radioactive half-life
not counting
piano bars

hidden beneath subways,
black keys
minoring in months,

until Central Park
at a water fountain,

leaned her mouth
close in
for a single sip

as her parents stood
on either side
raised left and right

hands and lifted
her feet
from the ground


About Lenore Weiss

Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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