Compromised Field

That’s the color I’m seeing.
You are not anxious.
You are full on
You have no middle ground—
If you speak
and don’t get it exactly right
the blowback
will be fast,
and from every angle.

Decide where you want to belong.
Forge your path there.

People terrify me.
And I’m not saying
I want you to be afraid—
I want you to give each fear
it’s own sterile place.

brutally, surgically
remove the cancer,
use radiation,
–whatever you need—
then leave it.
Once you aren’t thundering from it
you might find an easier, softer sound.

It’s not a benign subject.
I’m about a mile from home.
Cover all your bases.

By Shareen Ayoub Mansfield
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15 thoughts on “Compromised Field

    1. I wrote it while running. It was an actual text message to my friend who was afraid to write about a topic. We both have synthesia disease. Sometimes I speak in colors. Those colors were not pretty & the topic was triggering. I tried to give advice & wrote an accidental poem. At the time I had a brain tumor & my words would missing or lost. My sentences scrambled. She published it & it was listed in Writes of Women as an honorary kind of thing. I was using my nursing school education being clinical when sharing writing advice. You are the sunshine ! And I love you for it. I have one that I wrote after a seizure -again by accident & via text

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      1. Thank you so much for sharing such open and honest personal stories! I am so glad you trusted me, (us), with your experiences…

        I’ll be a regular reader at your site.

        Sunshine 🙂


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