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  1. Malalur, Pannaga MD

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Stars in the Storm

Shivering and sobbing,

 

two women,

 

two complete strangers,

 

stand facing the storm-

 

Both with bodies bruised and battered

 

from cruel seasons that have seen

 

the turmoil of the bitter tempest of

 

surgery, chemo, radiation

 

and the agony of an avalanche of

 

despair and loneliness.

 

Slowly,

 

with trembling voices and

 

fluttering fingertips, they

 

reveal to each other their scars:

 

Scars on their bodies;

 

Scars on their souls.

 

Recognizing in each other the

 

same strange curiosities

 

silhouetted in light,

 

they begin to blossom.

 

A few moments later,

 

they are comfortable dancing-

 

Initially hiding behind curtains

 

and locked doors.

 

Taking a deep breath, they

 

step out into the sun,

 

Start to walk, then run

 

until they take flight

 

on wings of hope and courage;

 

Lighting up the darkening sky

 

Like the brightest of stars.

 

Pannaga Malalur, MD, is a resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas. She wrote the poem after a conversation with two cancer survivors at a cancer walk-"their courage and outlook motivated and inspired me."

  
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