Time and Stillness

This summer I am working on the fourth revision of a diary I keep while going through cancer. Each day I will share one rewritten entry. My goal is to have the fourth rough draft completed by August 15th. All rights reserved, but feedback welcome.:)


Day One Hundred and Fifty Seven
Time and Stillness


Yesterday’s PET scan gave me
a chance to be alone.
A time to
be still.

Truly because the testing location
is a mobile unit
not even connected
to the hospital.

Step One: injection
“I’m radio active.”
sit and wait
in a quite room.

Just me
and my thoughts
and a thick, heavy metal box
with toxic stickers upon them.

Step Two: PET scan
a large, oversized, doughnut shaped machine.
Another thirty minutes
of lying still with my thoughts.

An itch,
and I can’t move!
Don’ think about it!

Sitting still
with your thoughts
is harder
than it sounds.


How many minutes are you able to sit alone with your own thoughts?

3 thoughts on “Time and Stillness

  1. Wonderful poem!
    It really isn’t easy doing nothing, but everything we do becomes better with practise. So I ensure I sit still and meditate every day because I know one day it will become effortless.
    Lots of love and good wishes to you.

    1. Thank you. Awesome. I am doing a video series on Facebook on my Inspire site where I’ve been talking about meditating as “mental and emotional toothbrushing” that, if everyone practiced once to twice a day, we’d have more peace and joy in the world. 🙂

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