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How to Live in a Continual Present

Sarah Sutro
From: Unbearable Uncertainty: the fear of breast cancer recurrence (Edited by Amy Bowes, Terry S. Gingras, Beth A. Kaplowitt, Anne Perkins) Pioneer Valley Breast Cancer Network, 2000

be given
a
diagnosis
of cancer

have your
nodes
removed

learn that
you will
never
know
how long
you
may
live

notice
how the
light
lingers
in trees,
how
hawks
circle,
how
the
red
maple
turns
green
at
its
tips,
how
a
white
moth
presses
its
wings
together,
then
apart,
how
the
Buddha
in
the
garden
loses
his
paint
yet
continues
to gaze
at the world.