Treatment Meditation

by Rachel Kennedy


Drip drip drip. The fluid trickles

down      catheter walls      through narrow

needle routes      stuck in skin.      Metastasized cells

battle chemo      therapy every week. Your body

weary      your veins flood      a potent liquid      nausea

swirling through your belly, your throat      corrosive. Sore.

Sore corrosive throat, your belly threw swirling

nausea-liquid, potent.      A flooded vein, your weary body.     

You’re weak every therapy      chemo

battles cells, metastasized.      Skin in stuck routes, needle narrow

through walls      catheter down

trickles fluid, the

drip drip drip