Ultra Sounds Mondays, May 21, 2012

Hello everyone,

It is a lazy Monday on a long weekend here in Canada. I hope you are all enjoying your day.

Today’s poetry submission comes from Margery Hauser. Here is what Margery has to say about herself:

In 1999 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had surgery that, at the time, we all thought had taken care of the problem.  However, it came back for a return engagement in 2008 and again in 2010, now taking up residence in lymph nodes and moving its way up from my pelvis into my abdomen. The poems below were written in response to various experiences during diagnosis and treatment.  I have had work appear in Poetica Magazine, Möbius, The Jewish women’s Literary Annual, Umbrella, and other journals, both print and online.


I am delighted to post some of Margery’s poetry for you. These poems reflect back to me my own experiences, in eloquent, elegant language. Look for more of Margery’s work later this summer here at Ultra Sounds.





Three Haiku

In the waiting room
time snails, stalls, stutters, suspends:
Impatient patient
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Blue hospital gown
prevents exam room gooseflesh
but not chill of fear
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Clear skies and clear scans
I smile my way along streets
sparkling with sunlight
Before Chemo

Ninja-steeled for battle
black robed
I determine time and place
No victim helplessly shorn
before death march
nor shaven-skulled
shame-branded traitor
not a novice
humbly submitting to God’s will
Rather a warrior
defiant, powerful
who will not mourn
each disappearing strand
in shower or on pillow
I choose the time by my volition
parade my choice

5 thoughts on “Ultra Sounds Mondays, May 21, 2012

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  2. David Elsasser says:

    Marge Hauser’s haiku express the tremor or fear we all feel facing mortality, but cancer patients may feel more immediately. She faces it with the steel of a samuri, and the pen of a poet.

  3. Reblogged this on little box of books and commented:
    If you haven’t had the chance to check out Ultra Sounds , you should, especially if your life has ever beenn touched by cancer.

  4. Food Forays says:

    I would like to thank Liz for sharing this blog. I’m a two-time cancer survivor, and that poetry was very succinct, yet encompassed so much… I’m looking forward to reading more from this blog!

  5. Ultra Sounds says:

    Welcome Tami. It looks like we’re from the same part of the world. I live in Southwest Ontario. Liz thanks for promoting Ultra Sounds! David, I agree completely – well said.


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