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VESSEL

By Jerilyn Young


My body is a vessel 

Navigating ocean waves 

Pushing 

Pulling 

Flowing sensations of unknown 

Preparing for rough seas ahead 

No land in sight 

No anchor to drop 

I must become the waves ~ 

Living in their movement 

Their swells 

Their surges 

I pray to rest in the breeze of their ripples

Washing away the internal sludge

Only to be morphed back into the surf

Rising 

Falling 

Embracing the current I become a wavelet ~

Gently tossed to shore 

I feel my hands grasp tightly 

What wasn’t there 

Solid ground 

My existence






About Jerilyn: I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) in April 2022. I wrote this poem in the throes of my chemo treatment in the summer of 2022. I took this photo the year before I was diagnosed. Little did I know how symbolic that picture became.



 

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