The Victors

by Douglas Polk

those victorious over cancer are not only the ones who still breathe,
the defeat of cancer not measured in years,
or months,
or even days,
the victory attained in the response of the soul,
never a victim,
to the struggle,
or the pain,
but the battle about how a life maintained,
and defined,
remaining true to the path chosen,
regardless of the struggles,
regardless of the pain,
fighting to allow the person you are,
to shine on through,
cancer can not define the victorious,
even as it takes their breath.


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