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PERSPECTIVES ON CANCER #19: Radical Mastectomy



Cindy Taylor

I brought her home


The flowers came

From far and wide

For her

Shorn, severed body


In our marriage bed

Iwouldn’t couldn’t didn’t

When she said

“touch me”

… that devastated landscape …




♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Cindy Taylor ~ Cindy is a freelance writer, a poet, editor and proofreader. She has an abiding passion for food and wine and an endearing zeal for life, which she shares with us on her award-winning food blog, The Only Cin. Cindy lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with her husband, daughter, and a fine cast of animal friends. Judging from photographs, she has a world-class kitchen and an abundance of red shoes.


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9 thoughts on “PERSPECTIVES ON CANCER #19: Radical Mastectomy

  1. Cin’s poem reminds me of my friend, Vivian, who showed me her nipple-less chest. “You know what is remarkable?” she said. “The sensuality and sensitivity is still there.”

    Twenty four years later, after thinking she was safe, she died on July 3rd, 2010 of brain and throat cancer.


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