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Fresh Ink: The Energy Today

In Unspoken Ink, one of our most popular programs here at Cactus Cancer Society, our participants write in response to prompts, ranging from pictures to quotes to poetry. We are proud to share the work of our writers here on our blog, including this piece, which is part of a series entitled Fresh Ink.

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The Energy Today by Leslie Pallière

I say, “My body is trying to escape itself.”

This feeling of electricity buzzing under a powerline.

Static fuzziness, blurred expectations.

Not knowing how to untangle the sparkles.

As if I am clothed in magnetic sequins all lifting toward an unknown source.

Can’t I just relax, self-soothing is not an option.

I add layers upon layers to contain myself,

just so I don’t float away…

like a lightning strike.

Leslie Pallière is an ovarian cancer survivor of 14 years. Creative arts have been a way for her to cope with the rollercoaster of survivorship.