“Because” by Roz Levine



Because I’ve lived
Decades past
The initial countdown
When at sixteen
A ruptured appendix
Brought me to death’s door
Because I’ve lived
Years past the first cancer
When at thirty-seven
Lymphoma lived
Amidst inguinal cells
Because I’ve lived
Years past
Cancer number two
When a breast chunk
Was sliced and diced
From this body flesh
Because I‘ve lived
Through years of pain
Endured twelve surgeries
Survived to sixty-eight
Breathed long enough
To hear grandma
I love you words
Because of this plate
Piled high with gratitude
I say thank you
For every sunrise
For each rainbow
For the birds’ songs
For the flower blooms
For all the love
I am so glad
To be alive

Roz Levine

“Rainbow Moment” Foto

By L. K. Thayer

© 2010



  1. lkthayer · December 9, 2010

    Roz, I’m grateful you are alive to squeeze you at The Juice Bar and have you squeeze us back with your gift & love of words…I love you. Lisa 🙂

  2. Alexis Rhone Fancher · December 9, 2010

    Such a brave saga of pain & suffering, transformed by love into joy & wonder! As always, my dear Roz, You Rock!

  3. Karen Ross · December 9, 2010

    Roz, you are such a wonderful poet to be able to convey so much pain and so much joy in just these few words.
    Love to you, Karen

  4. Angela · December 9, 2010

    Wonderful piece Roz. I’m so glad I know you. You are a brave woman and a fabulous writer.

  5. Vicki Batkin · December 9, 2010

    Rozie, I’m grateful to know you…grateful to love you and privileged to hear your work. This piece is so profound…stunning! anyone and everyone can connect to this. wow! ox

  6. Roz Levine · December 9, 2010

    Thank you friends. Where would I be without you?
    Love you all.

  7. jacquelyn · December 10, 2010

    Because you harmonize with my heart every time your write a piece, i love you. Keep on writing

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