Can I Stay

By Amy Jenner


I would just like to stay here for a while
If that’s ok with you?
I feel safe here
There’s no talking cancer or prognosis or recurrence
There’s no head tilts, darting eyes and hair strokes
When I say I am tired you understand
You tell me to stay a while longer
You prop me up until I’m ready
I would like to spend all my time here
With the duvet tucked over the top of my head
Breathing in second hand air
Holding myself close
Lying as still as if I am dead
Whilst celebrating, quietly, that really I live
So I may stay here a while longer
If that’s ok with you

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