The Differential Diagnoses

the alphabet
once scattered
throughout my blood
has metastasized producing a poem:
“Cancer and its Early
a subcutaneous
haiku sequence
individual nodules
linked mainly
by their distinctive form
perhaps only
the harmless conceit
of an overly active
but something in me
wants the capital
T-cell truth
to be spelled out
accurately at last
in all its baroque
give me straight talk
in off-rhyme
and halting measure
or an epigram, even
with murderous

This poem “The Differential Diagnoses” originally appeared in Radio, Film, and Fiction. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 225 (Summer 2015): 81.

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