1: to remain alive after the death of <he is survived by his wife>
2: to continue to exist or live after <survived the earthquake>
3: to continue to function or prosper despite : withstand <they survived many hardships>
- Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
- You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
- The word itself needs to be included in your response.
- You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
- Only one entry per writer.
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The Warrior within
The sore patch on her tongue
Refused to disappear
The deep Y of a gorge
Seemed beyond repair!
The smell of impending dread
Started doing the rounds
She clutched at straws
Biopsy not needed, she pled!
Waiting for the report
Nightmare of a week
Such as to make the
Most brave heart meek
Positive! No it cannot be!
Oh, am going to die,
Of what use
Is anything to me?
Doctors ordered surgery
Her tongue was not to be
The one that taught a thousand minds
How can that now silent be?
Smiled she a sweet smile-
Destiny has better plans said she
Do what you have to do
And let what is to be, be!
Two days of tests & meds,
Sitting, lying, waiting in beds
Followed by Hours 6
Spent in Surgery!
A severed tongue in a Petri dish
Nodes infected plucked like fish
A skin flap removed from the chest
To resurrect a new tongue, they said!
Home she came,after 20 days
Weak in flesh, but spirit unbroken
Armed with new found vigour
Started her battle, trying to recover!
Six months down the road
She was progressing well
Had learnt how to feed through the nose
And to communicate, using a silver bell.
Eight months passed
Giving the Surgeon
a pleasant shock,
She learnt to speak again.
11 months went by
She looked happy and spry
We never for a moment thought
That all this was a lie!
Her humming made our focus shift
Her unstinted love was so dazzling a gift
Our blinded eyes failed to note
That life had already set her adrift!
Last annual check up
A node had reappeared
But the heart was the one
Which had the Dr disturbed
Fever held her captive in bed
Her Golden Anniversary she did celebrate
The next week, a year to date,
Her beating heart refused to inflate
Leaving us with tears to shed!
Mom, to emulate your spirit I strive
And though your body gave in to the fight
For eternity in many hearts
You will continue to survive.
This week’s word prompt “survive” brought back memories of my Mom & writing this piece was so fraught with emotions that I almost deleted it.This is the first time ,since her demise two years back,that I have let myself look back & talk about the whole experience , as I saw it then.I am not sure if I used the word as per the definition required, for my mother did not survive the dreaded disease,but to me & all those who loved her,she did survive & she lives on in our hearts.