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A Pink Ribbon

A Pink Ribbon

October is breast cancer awareness month. The city where I live places plastic flamingos out to signify donations for the cause. It draws attention and helps generate donations for research. By the end of October the pink flamingos are planted through out the city.

A Pink Ribbon

A Pink Ribbon
by P. J. LaRue

She wore a pink ribbon, but not in her hair.
As loved ones’ memories of her they did share.
The celebration of her life brought sad tears,
The “C” word wrought death; it’s the worst of our fears.

The data is bleak, and those concerns we share.
She wore a pink ribbon, but not in her hair.
One in eight, in her lifetime, will have breast cancer.
But mammograms bring hope for the right answer.

She knew to self-check monthly, and without fail.
Locks of Love will receive her long ponytail.
She wore a pink ribbon, but not in her hair.
She cut the silky strands, and shaved her head bare.

As research funds are raised, we hope for the best.
Let “C” mean cure, and lay the ribbons to rest.
In the future when just memories are there
She will wear pink ribbons, in her glossy hair.

A Pink Ribbon

Copyright © PJ LaRue, Inc. 2012

An Inverted Teal Ribbon

IMGSeptember is ovarian cancer awareness month. This poem was written in memory of my sweet mom, who passed away from this horrible disease.

An Inverted Teal Ribbon

by P. J. LaRue

She wore an inverted teal ribbon, like a teardrop on her cheek,
With unclear symptoms, a late diagnosis made her chances bleak.
Discovered in stage four, once the ovarian cancer had spread,
Her twenty percent survival rate filled her family with dread.

Bloating, gas and stomach ailments are the vague symptoms of which we speak,
She wore an inverted teal ribbon, like a teardrop on her cheek.
Today would have been her birthday, but there’s no surprise party planned,
This cancer is the fifth highest cause of women’s deaths, so let’s take a stand.

That September is ovarian cancer month, is known by few,
So wear your teal ribbons and organize a walk-a-thon or two.
She wore an inverted teal ribbon, like a teardrop on her cheek.
Her defiantly bared head was her statement of strength, ever so chic.

Annual ultrasounds provide hope for detection at an early stage,
But it’s vital that donations continue, in order to win the war we wage.
A cure will be found, but until then, faith please give us the peace we seek.
She’ll wear an inverted teal ribbon, but no teardrops will fall on her cheek.

An Inverted Teal Ribbon

 

Copyright  © PJ LaRue, Inc. 2012

A Pale Blue Ribbon

Did you know that September is prostate cancer awareness month?

 

A Pale Blue Ribbon

 

He wore a pale blue ribbon on his lapel, but no one knew why.
“He looks like he’s sleeping,” they say, while in his coffin he does lie.
His teammates toasted the tough linebacker by raising their glasses,
And talked about the time he intercepted those slant screen passes.

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